Kenyan Would-be Hijacker Indicted by U.S. Department of Justice

The DOJ announced that a Kenyan National was Indicted for conspiring to hijack an aircraft on behalf of the Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist organization Al Shabaab.

The DOJ announced that a Kenyan National was Indicted for conspiring to hijack an aircraft on behalf of the Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist organization Al Shabaab.

According to the indictment, Cholo Abdi Abdullah had pilot training in the Philippines and researched how to hijack commercial aircraft in order to conduct a 9/11-style attack on American soil.

 According to prosecutors, Abdullah was looking for “information about the tallest building in a major U.S. city, and information about how to obtain a U.S. visa.”

Abdullah faces several counts including providing material support to Al Shabaab, conspiracy to commit aircraft piracy, and conspiracy to kill US citizens.

“As alleged, Cholo Abdi Abdullah, as part of a terrorist plot directed by senior al Shabaab leaders, obtained pilot training in the Philippines in preparation for seeking to hijack a commercial aircraft and crash it into a building in the United States,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss.

Abdullah was arrested in the Philippines last July 2019 and has been transferred from the Philippines to New York for his arraignment.

“Nearly 20 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there are those who remain determined to conduct terror attacks against United States citizens. Abdullah, we allege, is one of them,”  said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. on the indictment. 


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