NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — U.S. prosecutors have charged an alleged al Qaeda operative with plotting to kill American diplomats in Nigeria and conspiracy to murder American military personnel in Afghanistan.
Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun, also known as “Spin Ghul,” was named in court papers that were made public in New York City on Wednesday.
United States Attorney Loretta Lynch said Harun, 43, received al Qaeda training in Pakistan in 2003 before traveling to Africa with the intent to conduct attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Nigeria while conspiring with others to bomb those facilities.
Harun also allegedly attempted to kill U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan between 2002 and 2003.
“Whether they try to attack our servicemen on the battlefield, or scheme to kill our diplomats and citizens in embassies abroad, terrorists will find no refuge,” said Lynch. “The United States will use every tool at our disposal to protect our nation’s security and stop terrorist attacks before they happen.”
“We remain committed to protecting the safety of Americans and our national security,” said FBI Assistant Director George Venizelos.
Harun also been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to al Qaeda, providing material support to al Qaeda and related firearms and explosives counts.