TOPEKA (KSNT) – The U.S. government Friday charged a Topeka man, John T. Booker, Jr. with a plot to blow up a car bomb outside the Ft. Riley military post.
Booker allegedly orchestrated the plot to plant the bomb to help the Islamic state group ISIL.
“It’s alleged that he told another individual that detonating a suicide bomb was his number one aspiration.” stated Barry Grissom, the U.S. Attorney for Kansas at the late morning news conference in Kansas City.
In its 13-page indictment, the federal government lays out its case against John T. Booker, Jr – self-named “Mohammed Abdullah Hassan”, and seen here in a photo posted to Facebook.
The indictment accuses him of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against Ft. Riley, of planning to
“He repeatedly stated his desire to engage in violent jihad on behalf of the islamic sate of iraq, otherwise known as ISIL,” said Grissom.
The government says Booker signed up for the army in February of 2014, but then began a series of Facebook posts which drew the attention of the F-B-I.
He was interviewed and admitted he enlisted in the U.S. Army with the intent to commit an insider attack against American soldiers and “..wanted to target someone with power.”
He was denied entry into the army, let go and the F-B-I continued watching him.
“Since March of this year he’s been plotting to construct an explosive device for an attack on American soil,” said Grissom.
The F-B-I , working through a confidential informant, watched as Booker rented a storage unit in Topeka and began buying the components for a bomb from local retailers.
He made a video which stated, in part “we are going to build this bomb with 1,000 pounds of Ammonium Nitrate. Inshallah, this will kill many…”.
This morning, the components were moved near Junction City, near Fort Riley, where Booker, with the informant, began assembling the device in a van.
Said Grissom, “he planned to pull the trigger of the e3xplosives himself so that he would die in the explosioin.”