On Sunday, federal authorities arrested an ex-national guard member for his involvement with the Islamic State. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), had been investigating the subject for several months until they managed to arrest him and take him into a trial.
Mohamed Bailor Jalloh is a 26-year-old American citizen, who was originally born in Sierra Leone. Jalloh was arrested Sunday for attempting to provide guns and economic support to the terrorist organization. Authorities believe Jalloh was working on an attack in the United States along with ISIS, very similar to the 2009 Fort Hood massacre. On Tuesday, the 26-year-old male appeared in a federal court in Virginia to face his charges.
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The FBI was alerted of Jalloh a few months ago when they discovered information about a possible meeting between an ISIS member and a human “confidential” source that worked for the FBI.
The member of the Islamic State recently passed away, yet it appears he met with Jalloh several times to plan the attack in the upcoming months. The former National Guard member left his duties after being inspired by Al Qaeda and his beliefs.
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Jalloh tried to purchase a firearm last week, according to authorities but wasn’t able to complete the process at the gun dealership in northern Virginia, because he didn’t have the appropriate paperwork.
Since federal authorities had been working on Jalloh’s case, they talked to the owner of the gun dealership to make the subject come back for a purchase. He then presented appropriate paperwork and bought a gun that authorities made inoperable, to arrest him the next day.
“Normally, if we have some inkling that something isn’t right, we would turn down a sale like that. But working with the FBI on catching a terrorist, we’re happy to help,” said Earl Curtis President and owner of the Blue Ridge Arsenal in West Virginia to the NY daily news.
Apparently, the former National Guard member had tried to buy firearms in the past as preparation for the attack he was planning. According to CNN, the subject discussed with the source the correct timing for the attack claiming that it could be during Ramadan.
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Jalloh purchased a Glock in February and had assured he had access to guns such as AR-15S and AK-47s because of family sources. According to court documents, the subject also tried to help the Islamic State by transferring $500 to an account that was actually owned by the FBI.
Jalloh will have to appear in court next Tuesday to continue his case against the U.S government.