Seven North Carolina Men Charged with Planning Overseas Terror Attacks

July 28, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Federal authorities in North Carolina on Monday arrested seven men who range in age from 20 to 39 as part of a terrorist conspiracy to wage an Islamic holy war overseas. The men all but one of whom are U.S. citizens, including a father and his two sons described a plot that began in 2006 and lasted until earlier this month. The men  who, authorities said, trained in jihad camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan, sought to provide material support to terrorists and to murder, kidnap, maim and injure people overseas, according to a seven-count federal indictment. The men armed with several semiautomatic weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle and carbines modeled after the military’s M14 and M16, also offered weapons training and helped arrange overseas travel and contacts for others seeking to wage holy war, the indictment said. 

The alleged ringleader and oldest member of the group, Daniel Boyd, a Muslim convert, first trained in terrorist camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the 1980s before fighting the Soviet Union, returned home and three years ago supposedly began recruiting a group of men to wage jihad.  The other Americans charged were identified as: Boyd’s two sons Dylan Boyd, 22, and Zakariya Boyd, 20; Anes Subasic, 33; Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22; and Ziyad Yaghi, 21. Another defendant, Hysen Sherifi, 24, was a native of Kosovo and was living in the United States legally. Several of the defendants traveled to the Gaza Strip, Jordan and Israel in 2006 and 2007, as conflict in the region escalated, the indictment said. The indictment did not allege that the group was plotting attacks on U.S. soil.  If convicted, the suspects, could face life in prison.

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