AWOL Garland Soldier Planned Attack On Killeen, Fort Hood

KILLEEN (CBSDFW.COM) – The FBI says bomb-making materials were found in the motel room of an AWOL Fort Campbell, Ky., soldier arrested Wednesday near Fort Hood.

Agency spokesman Erik Vasys said Thursday that firearms and “items that could be identified as bomb-making components, including gunpowder” were removed from Pfc. Nasser Jason Abdo’s Killeen motel room.

U.S. Army spokesman Troy Rolan says Abdo is a native of Garland.

Sources close to the investigation say Abdo told police he wanted to attack Army soldiers outside Fort Hood.

Law enforcement sources say that when he was arrested, Abdo told officers he was “seeking retaliation for what the Army did to me.”  He also indicated that he was planning attacks against Fort Hood and the City of Killeen.

Earlier this year the Army charged Abdo, who was a member of the 101st Airborne Division, with possession of child pornography.

FBI spokesman Vasys says the FBI will charge Abdo with possessing bomb-making components. He’s in Killeen police custody but will be transferred to the FBI after he is formally charged.

“I would emphasize that any threat that Abdo posed is now over,” Vasys said. “Suffice it to say we’re looking into all aspects of Mr. Abdo’s life to determine his motivations and intentions.”

Killeen police received a call from a gun shop owner about a suspicious man in the store who was asking questions about .40-caliber ammunition and then bought three boxes of 12-gauge ammunition and a magazine for a pistol, a defense official said.

He paid cash, took a cab to a surplus store and allegedly bought a military uniform, the official said.

According to Killeen Police investigators, Abdo tried to purchase a large amount of smokeless gun powder, tipping off the gun shop owner.  “This young man spends a few minutes in the shop… He selects six canisters.  He puts them on the counter.  The first red flag is when he asks what is smokeless powder.  If you don’t know what it is, why would you buy six pounds of it?” Greg Ebert, the owner of Guns Galore in Killeen, told reporters.

After Abdo’s arrest, police searched his hotel room and found gunpowder, shotgun shells, 18 pounds of sugar, a pressure cooker, four magazines and more than 100 rounds of ammunition.  Officers also found batteries and clocks in the room.

abdo AWOL Garland Soldier Planned Attack On Killeen, Fort Hood

Killeen Police Department

Congressman John Carter, whose district includes Fort Hood, told Killeen’s CBS affiliate KWTX-TV Thursday afternoon that Abdo planned to detonate two bombs at an unnamed restaurant near the post that Fort Hood personnel frequent and then planned to open fire on the diners.

“He was planning on going into a restaurant someplace that was heavily traveled by soldiers, set off the two bombs then come back in and finish everybody off with his gun,” he told the station.

Carter told KWTX Abdo had broken into an adjoining hotel room and was in the process of “cooking” the bombs at the time of his arrest.

During a news conference Thursday afternoon, Killeen Police Chief Dennis Baldwin confirmed that “military personnel were the target of this suspect,” but declined to provide further details.

Police also found what’s described as “jihadist literature” in his backpack, CNN said.

The 21-year-old Muslim infantry soldier had been granted conscientious objector status earlier this year after he said his religious beliefs would prevent him from fighting in any war.

There is no evidence that he was directly in touch with any known terrorists.   Abdo does not have any kind of lengthy criminal record.

Abdo’s conscientious objector discharge was delayed after he was charged with possessing child pornography. An Article 32 military hearing last month recommended Abdo for a court-martial. He has said he thought he had been charged with a crime because he was seeking to leave the Army as a conscientious objector.

An Oklahoma attorney who represented Abdo says he hasn’t heard from Abdo in weeks. He’s been AWOL since the July 4th weekend.

“I know probably as much as you,” said attorney James Branum. “I’ve been quite anxious to get in touch with him.”

Since being listed as AWOL from Fort Campbell, Abdo apparently has been moving around staying a number of different motels.  It’s not clear how long he’d been in the motel where he was arrested.

Abdo attended 9th grade at South Garland High School before moving to the Waco area.  Friends of family members remember Abdo working as an Army recruiter in the Garland area recently, but say Abdo mostly kept to himself.

Editor’s Note: The U.S. Army initially said Abdo spelled his first name “Naser.”  Thursday afternoon, Killeen Police corrected that spelling and said he spells it “Nasser.”  We have updated our story accordingly.

(© Copyright 2011 CBS Local.  The Associated Press and CNN contributed to this report.)

  • darrell

    LOL, this idiot cant even be a good muslim. he is a terrorist, life in prison without parole.

  • Krav Maga Nut

    “Naser Abdo”. Ever heard of the term, “the enemy within”? Wake up, America. Your once mighty military is infected. This guy isn’t some angry redneck. Wake up!

    • Tim Hurst

      he is from Garland Texas and then Waco.

      • WWW


  • Legal Eagle

    If the child porn charge goes federal, Naser will serve a mandatory 5 years in Club Fed. That sentence is non-negotiable on the federal level.

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  • Really Tired

    Why do they allow Muslims to enlist? Something is wrong with this system and it needs to be fixed before we have another Ft. Hood incident. Do they not have to go through some kind of metal evaluation before they enlist? I am glad they got him before he did any damage.

    • RussP

      Because they can’t discriminate because of race, religion, sex and now sexual preference. Good or bad, it’s the law of the land.

      • Tim Hurst

        Elmer, he is from Garland Texas and went to school in Waco. geez

      • Elmer

        The law does not require their immigration. Stop giving them student visas.

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  • HooDatIS?

    get those muslims out of our army
    they gone make me slap the next rag head fool i see in the face

    • NiteNurse

      There are many Muslim soldiers who serve proudly in our military. Many serve important roles in intelligence, translation, and medical. These soldiers are willing to die for America just like any other soldier of our military. So what exactly would you have us do??? Put them all the Muslims in prison camps like they did the Japanese during WW II? This guy just went off the rails like any mentally impaired person would eventually do given time.

  • Kathy Carter

    When I first heard this they didn’t name the suspect. I wasn’t surprised when I heard it . I just can’t figure out why people get all riled up when it’s said that America is at war with Muslims like they do. It’s never a baptist or a protestant that tries to shoot our soldiers in the back or blow them up. I figure people are stereo typed for a reason. I don’t know if the term “at war” with them is appropriate though it’s more like we have to defend and protect ourselves from them.

    • NiteNurse

      What was the religion of the guys who blew up the Oklahoma Federal Building?

  • Rick McDaniel

    Muslim, of course.

    When are people going to see that this war is all about religion?

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  • NiteNurse

    I recall my Dad use to talk of soldiers going nuts during the Vietnam war many of them were either put in prison or discharged. With all this immediate fame that nut jobs like this guy can these days encourages more and more crazies like these (ie:Norway). They are instantly famous and it makes their otherwise pathetic worthless lives seem more meaningful. The only thing that will stop these nut jobs is watchful citizens like you and me who are willing to report them when they know something horrible is about to happen.

  • Hoo

    The day of equality and niceness must come to an end. They are among us and must be exposed for the terrorists they are. Unless the USA starts taking a strong stand on immigration and infiltration into the military, we are doomed…and we’ve done it to ourselves.

    • NiteNurse

      So which people do we keep in America? Almost everyone here except the Native Americans comes from foreign roots. So shall we give the country back to the Native Americans and each go back to the country of our origin? We’re a country of immigrants if not us then our parents or ancestors. This young man was born here so where will we send him? Back to Garland, Texas? Obviously he got PO’d because he got caught with kiddie porn.

  • HooDatIS?

    burn him atthestake
    u03d1 Perspectives on Motivation

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