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Soldier in court says name of Fort Hood killer

Abdo had applied for conscientious objector status as his Muslim beliefs clashed with Army`s action.



Waco: Army soldier Naser Jason Abdo shouted the name of a military psychiatrist accused of a 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, during his first appearance in court on Friday on a charge related to an alleged terror plot.

"Abeer Qassim al-Janabi Iraq 2006; Nidal Hasan, Fort Hood, 2009," Abdo shouted at the media as he was led out of the Waco courtroom.

Abdo, 21, was formally charged with illegal possession of a firearm two days after his arrest in a Killeen, Texas, motel room in possession of suspected bomb-making materials.

The name Al-Janabi he shouted refers to a 14-year-old girl who was raped and murdered by American soldiers in Iraq in 2006. Several soldiers have been charged and sentenced, including a soldier from Midland, Texas.

Nidal Hasan has been charged with killing 13 people and wounding 32 at a medical facility on Fort Hood in 2009. Hasan, who is in a wheelchair after being shot by police during the attack, faces court martial next year.

Abdo`s outburst was the first public indication of his possible intentions when he was arrested.

After his arrest, he told the FBI that his plan was to detonate two bombs at a local restaurant frequented by soldiers from Fort Hood, according to an FBI affidavit filed with the charges on Friday.

Authorities have said they expect more federal charges to follow. Another hearing was set for August 4.

Abdo is a native of the Dallas area, but authorities have said they did not know of any personal connection to Killeen or why he picked Fort Hood.

Abdo has been missing from his Fort Campbell, Kentucky, post since July 4 and was being held in connection with charges from the Army and an unrelated pornography warrant.

Abdo had applied for conscientious objector status because his Muslim beliefs clashed with military action overseas.

He was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a call from a concerned employee at a Killeen gun shop, where he had purchased ammunition and smokeless powder, said employee Greg Ebert, who made the call to police.

It was the same gun shop where Hasan bought his weapons two years ago.

In the brief court hearing, U.S. Magistrate Jeffrey C. Manske declared Abdo held without bond, citing a charge of absent without leave from the Army and previous charge relating to child pornography.

Abdo was stoic throughout the five-minute proceeding and was surrounded by eight US Marshalls. Two marshals had to prompt him to stand when Judge Manske entered the courtroom.

Abdo answered respectfully and affirmatively when asked whether he understood the charge. The judge asked him whether he had any conditions that would impair his ability to understand the proceedings, and Abdo said "No."

Bureau Report

From Zee News

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