Less than two years after an Army officer killed 13 people in a shooting attack on Fort Hood, police have arrested an AWOL soldier with weapons and explosives who reportedly confessed about his plans to attack the base in Killeen, Tex.
Officers from the Killeen Police Department apprehended a man alleged to have been in possession of firearms and bomb-making materialsafter authorities received a tip about a suspicious individual, Fox News reports.
The suspect — identified in multiple media outlets as Pfc. Naser Abdo — was assigned to a Kentucky base, but had reportedly gone absent without leave around July 4 after officials accused him of possessing child pornography on his government computer.
“Yesterday afternoon, at about 2 p.m., we arrested a Fort Campbell, Kentucky, AWOL solider who was wanted for child pornography,” Killeen Police Department spokeswoman Carol Smith told The Huffington Post. “He was arrested at the America’s Best Value Inn, and that’s all I can confirm for you right now. He is in our jail, but anything else I can’t comment on.”
FBI spokesman Erik Vasys claimed firearms and “items that could be identified as bomb-making components, including gunpowder” were discovered in the suspect’s motel room, according to NBC DFW.
Investigators recovered 18 pounds of sugar, a pressure cooker and six pounds of smokeless gunpowder — enough raw materials to create two bombs, sources told Fox News.
Abdo has admitted to authorities that was planning an attack on Fort Hood, according to an Army alert obtained by the Associated Press.
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