A former Virginia National Guardsman who wanted to be the next “Nidal Hassan” and was planning a “Fort Hood-Style” attack on a military base has been arrested.
Mohamed Bailor Jalloh, 26, is a member of the current APC government of President Ernest Bai Koroma and a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa. After an extensive investigation, FBI special agents pulled him over and took him into custody Sunday morning as he was driving outside his Sterling, Virginia neighborhood on his way to work.
Jalloh was a member of the Virginia National Guard from April 2009 to April 2015. He reportedly quit the National Guard after listening to online lectures by the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is linked to several terrorist attacks and was killed by a U.S. drone strike in 2011 in Yemen.
Other terrorists who were inspired by al-Awlaki’s rhetoric include Nidal Hassan (Ft. Hood massacre) and Omar Mateen, who conducted the recent Orlando Islamic terrorist attack.
Prosecutors said Jalloh had made the comment to an undercover agent that he “thinks about conducting an attack all the time, and was close to doing so at one time.”
According to a press lease by the Justice Department, Jalloh first made contact with an undercover source for the FBI in late March, and they met in person on April 9. At that meeting, Jalloh disclosed to the agent that he has been a Muslim his entire life. Jalloh also praised Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, the Chattanooga, Tennessee attacker who killed 5 military members, as a “very good man,” and admitted he’d made a six-month visit to Africa last year and met with ISIS members in Nigeria. He talked about joining a terror group in Libya.
Jalloh told the source that he knew “attack operations were 100 percent the right thing,” and that planning an operation for next year’s Ramadan was the thing to do, according to court documents. He said, “I really want to, but I don’t want to give my word and not fulfill it.”
The undercover agent said Jalloh said in an April 24 meeting that, “I just want to live a good Muslim life and die as a Shaheed.” (Martyr.) Again on May 1, Jalloh told the agent that when he prays, he “asks Allah to make his ending be death as a shaheed.”
In February he purchased a Glock handgun, and tried to buy an assault rifle in Charlotte last month.
In May, he gave $500 cash to an FBI agent who he thought was an ISIS member.
On June 6, he posted on Facebook, “The blessed Month is here make it count!!”
Last Friday, July 1, Jalloh walked into the Blue Ridge Arsenal gun store in Chantilly, Virginia and tried to buy a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle – not knowing the FBI were watching him. Store employees told him he did not have the three required forms of ID. He left, came back the next day, and paid $1,200 for a different type of assault rifle. At the FBI’s instructions, the store made the gun inoperable before Jalloh left with it.
The next morning, the FBI made their move and took him into custody.
He made his first court appearance Tuesday, along with his defense attorney Ashraf Nubani. He was charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.