A 21-year-old Syrian refugee who was admitted to the United States on August 1, 2016 “was arrested based on a federal complaint that charged him with one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State, a designated foreign terrorist organization” The Hill reports.
According to the Justice Department, Mustafa Mousab Alowemer was planning an attack on a Christian church. “The Department of Justice said Alowemer claimed his motivation was to ‘take revenge for our [ISIS] brothers in Nigeria.”
The young refugee’s plot was foiled by an undercover FBI agent posing as a fellow ISIS supporter. “Alowemer met with the undercover FBI agent and another bureau source four times in person between April 16 and June 11, according to the DOJ.” During meetings, officials say Alowemer distributed “instructional documents’ related to the explosives” to the undercover agent.
Alowemer also provided details to the agent “about the bomb plot and presented the materials with which he planned to build the device at the June 11 meeting.”
He will appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge on Friday for a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.