Police in Texas have arrested an AWOL Muslim soldier for allegedly possessing bomb-making materials in his motel room near Fort Hood. That is the same Army base where another Muslim soldier went on a deadly shooting rampage in 2009.
The Associated Press reports that police in Killeen Texas say they were alerted by "concerned citizens," and responded to the motel where Pfc. Naser Abdo was staying. FBI spokesman Erik Vasys said they found "items that could be identified as bomb-making components, including gunpowder."
Vasys said Abdo will be charged with possessing bomb-making components. He said there was nothing to indicate Abdo was "working with others."
"I would emphasize that any threat that Abdo posed is now over," Vasys said. "Suffice it to say we're looking into all aspects of Mr. Abdo's life to determine his motivations and intentions."
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The 21-year-old Abdo had been absent without leave from his base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky since the July 4 weekend.
Last year Abdo was ordered deployed to Afghanistan. Instead he applied for conscientious objector status, saying he would not be able to serve in a war because of his religious beliefs. A military review board recommended that he be discharged from the Army.
However the discharge was delayed after Abdo was charged with possessing child pornography, and a court martial was recommended. Abdo claimed he was being targeted because of his conscientious objector application.
Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan is expected to face trial next year for the alleged shooting rampage that left 13 people dead. He could face the death penalty.