ST LOUIS (LALATE) – Naser Jason Abdo (photos below) plotted to attack Fort Hood, claim investigators. Naser Jason Abdo was arrested yesterday near Fort Hood. Abdo was an AWOL soldier from Fort Campbell, Kentucky. FBI spokesman Erik Vasys confirmed to news today that Killeen police on Wednesday arrested AWOL Pvt. Nasser Jason Abdo. He is also wanted by the Army for an unrelated charge.
Abdo was taken into custody at a Killeen hotel room. Inside investigators found “a significant amount of gunpowder” said Vasys’ news statement. Vasys confirmed the gunpowder was among the items in Abdo’s possession that “could be considered bomb-making components”.
Two years ago, Maj. Nidal Hasan purchased a gun and other items form “Guns Galore”, a gun shop in Killeen. Today the FBI confirmed that Abdo made a purchase in the same store. Nassan killed thirteen and injured thirty others on November 5, 2009.
Bob Jenkins, a Fort Campbell spokesman, told Fox News yesterday that Abdo was already being investigated for allegedly having illegal images of children on his government computer. Once that investigator started, Abdo went AWOL.
“We are aware at this time that Killeen Police Department arrested a soldier yesterday,” a Fort Hood official said in a news statement today. “The incident leading to the arrest did not occur on Fort Hood and the soldier was not a Fort Hood based soldier. At this time, there has been no incident at Fort Hood. We continue our diligence in keeping our force protection at appropriate levels.
Abdo will charged today for possession of bomb making materials. Officials have yet to confirm if other charges will be added. Abdo once told ABC News that “no Muslim should serve in the U.S. military”.