Four people are dead in two separate accidents in Central Ohio. In Pataskala, investigators say a head-on collision on East Broad took three lives. One vehicle crossed the center line. Early this morning, the driver of a pick-up truck was killed when he slammed into a tree in a residential area south of Route 104 [...]
Suspect in alleged bomb plot ordered to psychiatric facility
A federal magistrate has ordered a Somali man charged in an alleged plot to blow up a shopping mall transferred to a psychiatric facility to determine whether he’s mentally competent.
The evidence US Magistrate Mark Abel based his decision on has been sealed.
Thirty-two-year-old Nuradin Abdi is charged with providing support to al-Qaida and document fraud.
Admitted al-Qaida operative Iyman Faris also has been implicated in the plan. Faris is serving a 20-year federal sentence after he pleaded guilty to scouting U-S targets for al-Qaida.
US Attorney Greg Lockhart says officials are watching a third person, although they haven’t arrested or charged him.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Somalis have gathered outside the courthouse in support of Abdi. Columbus has the second-largest Somali immigrant community in the country, after Minneapolis.