This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for plotting to work with ISIS, a designated foreign terror organization, to blow up a church in Pittsburgh.
The Department of Justice identified the defendant as Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 24, and said he pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of providing material support to ISIS for the unsuccessful plan to attack a church.
The DOJ explained Alowemer distributed multiple instructional documents about how to build and use bombs to an FBI informer that he thought was a fellow ISIS supporter.
“In or around June 2019, Alowemer purchased several items, including nails and acetone (nail polish remover), with the belief that they were necessary to assemble a destructive device and with the intention they are used to construct the explosives that would be detonated in the vicinity of the church,” prosecutors said.
The suspect then met several times with an undercover FBI employee and provided details about the plot, giving the federal agent boxes of nails for use in a bomb.
Also, “Alowemer provided printed copies of detailed Google satellite maps, which included hand-written markings identifying the church and routes of arrival and escape. Alowemer also wrote and provided a 10-point handwritten plan outlining details related to his plot to personally deliver explosives in a backpack.”
Then he was arrested.
“Alowemer admitted to planning a deadly bombing of a Pittsburgh church in the name of ISIS,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “The National Security Division was created to protect the nation from terrorist threats and we remain vigilant against those who would plot violent attacks on U.S. soil in furtherance of an extreme ideology.”
Court documents said Alowemer had picked a church on the north side of Pittsburgh, described s a “Nigerian Christian” church to target, in “revenge for our (ISIS) brothers in Nigeria.”
The DOJ noted Alowemer was aware that many people in the area of the church could be killed.