Ohio man pleads guilty to supporting ISIL, plotting to attack police station

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CINCINNATI, Ohio — A West Chester man has pleaded guilty to a plot to kill an employee of a U.S. military installation and then attack his local police station.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Munir Abdulkader, 21, expressed his support for ISIL on Twitter beginning in July 2014. He then began making plans to travel overseas to join ISIL.

He postponed his trip in May 2015 and began to communicate with people overseas who he understood were members of ISIL. One of the individuals, Junaid Hussein, directed and encouraged Abdulkader to plan and execute a violent attack in the U.S.

He directed Abdulkader to kill a military employee on account of his position with the U.S. government after abducting him. He was to film the execution. Then, Abdulkader was to perpetuate a violent attack on a police station in the Southern District of Ohio using firearms and Molotov cocktails.

Abdulkader then conducted surveillance on the police station, learned how to operate fire arms and purchased firearms.

He was arrested in May 2015 when he bought an AK-47 assault rifle during a controlled purchase.

He has now pleaded guilty to attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States, providing material support to ISIL and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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