Report: FBI, military hunt ex-recruit planning Ft. Hood-style massacre
Man identified as "Booker" had told friends he intended to "commit Jihad" by killing U.S. soldiers
By PoliceOne Staff
UPDATE: NBC News reports there is no connection between today's shooting at Ft. Hood and the alert issued yesterday.
No connection between Ft. Hood shooting and earlier FBI lookout notice seeking man who wanted to commit ‘Ft. Hood style shooting’ - sources— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 2, 2014
An ex-Army recruit is being sought by the FBI for planning a terrorist attack against U.S. soldiers, according to a report from Fox News.
The report cites an alert issued by the FBI which stated that the man, identified as "Booker", had told friends he intended to "commit Jihad".
Booker, who is also known as Muhammad Abdullah Hassan, was recruited by the U.S. Army in Kansas City, Mo., in February 2014 and was scheduled to report for basic training on April 7. He was discharged last week after law enforcement authorities learned of his alleged plan.
The alert - obtained by Fox News and verified by sources - was titled “Planned Fort Hood-inspired Jihad against US Soldiers by Army Recruit” and was issued “to inform and protect officers who may encounter this individual or others exhibiting the same aspirations”. It stated:
“On 20 March 2014, the Kansas City Division FBI became aware of an individual named BOOKER aka Muhammad Abdullah Hassan who had publicly stated his intention to commit jihad, bidding farewell to his friends and making comments indicating his jihad was imminent. BOOKER had been recruited by the US Army in Kansas City, Mo., in February 2014 and was scheduled to report for Basic Training on 7 April 2014. Kansas City Division Agents interviewed BOOKER on 20 March 2014.”
According to Fox, Booker posted the following to his Facebook page on March 19:
“Getting ready to be killed in jihad is a HUGE adrenaline rush! I am so nervous. NOT because I’m scared to die but I am EAGER to meet my lord.”