Alleged would-be bomber indicted on federal charges

September 30, 2010 (CHICAGO)

Shaker Masri, 27, was arrested last month for allegedly planning to travel to Somalia to engage in fighting with al-Shabaab, a terror organization. On Thursday, he was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of attempting to provide material support to al-Shabaab, and one count of attempting to provide material support by use of a weapon of mass destruction outside the U.S. Read the indictment (PDF)

The charge was announced by US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and FBI Agent-in-Charge Robert Grant.

The complaint filed against Masri indicates the U.S. citizen wanted to participate in a 'jihad' against 'infidels' and commit a suicide bombing.

Both counts carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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