Cholo Abdi Abdullah, 30, appeared in court docket in New York through video hyperlink on Wednesday accused of conspiring to hijack an plane and crash it right into a constructing.
Abdullah instructed the Justice of the Peace decide he was pleading not responsible to all the costs.
Prosecutors stated Abdullah acquired flight coaching within the Philippines and obtained a pilot’s licence in preparation for an assault.
“This case, which concerned a plot to make use of an plane to kill harmless victims, reminds us of the lethal menace that radical Islamic terrorists proceed to pose to our nation,” Assistant Lawyer Normal for Nationwide Safety John Demers stated in a press release.
Performing Manhattan US Lawyer Audrey Strauss known as it a “chilling callback to the horrific assaults of September 11 2001”.
Prosecutors stated Abdullah began planning the assault in 2016 beneath the path of an un-named al-Shabaab commander who was additionally concerned in planning a lethal assault in 2019 on a resort within the Kenyan capital Nairobi, wherein greater than 20 individuals had been killed.
Prosecutors stated that between 2017 and 2019, Abdullah attended the flight faculty on “varied events” and finally accomplished assessments to acquire a pilot’s license.
Whereas coaching to be a pilot, Abdullah allegedly researched the way to hijack a business airways flight, together with the way to breach a locked cockpit door from the cabin. Prosecuotrs have additionally claimed he researched details about the tallest constructing in an unidentified US metropolis, and sought data on the way to acquire a US visa.
His defence lawyer agreed with the decide that Abdullah ought to stay in custody pending a listening to in January.
If discovered responsible, Abdullah faces a attainable life sentence in jail.
The US State Division has designated Somalia-based al-Shabaab as a international terrorist organisation. It’s an affiliate of al-Qaeda, which carried out the 9/11 assaults in New York and Washington that killed virtually 3,000 individuals in 2001.