Federal immigration authorities are preparing to deport a Somali immigrant who federal prosecutors say plotted to attack an Ohio shopping mall.
Plotting the destruction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Planning to blow up a shopping mall. The September 11th terror attacks were certainly not the end of plots against targets in the United States. Some of the plotting took place here in the Columbus area.
A recent conference in Columbus focused on preventing the radicalization of Somali youth. Officials say that has not been a problem in Columbus in the past and they want to make sure it does not happen in the future.
Two-and-a-half years ago Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies fatally shot a Somali immigrant suffering from a psychotic episode. The county reached a settlement with the man’s family. Part of that settlement includes additional training for deputies.
The family of a mentally ill Somali man fatally shot by Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies has reached a settlement with the County.
A federal judge in Columbus has sentenced a Somali immigrant to 10 years in prison for plotting to blow up an Ohio shopping mall. It’s the sentence Nuradin Abdi had accepted as part of a plea deal made in July.<
Federal prosecutors won a guilty plea to terrorism charges from a Somali immigrant in Columbus. The Justice Department accused Nuradin Abdi, 35, of suggesting a plan to attack an unidentified mall during an August 2002 meeting with now-convicted terrorist Iyman Faris and a third suspect, Christopher Paul. Abdi now faces prison time and deportation.
A man the government says plotted to blow up a shopping mall in Columbus has pleaded guilty to conspiring to support terrorists.
Columbus area law enforcement agencies and the Somali community are working to improve relations. Tensions grew in December after the fatal shooting of a Somali man by a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy. The death helped start a series of discussions between Somali leaders and law enforcement which may extend to other immigrant communities in the future.
Members of the Somali community in Columbus rallied this afternoon at City Hall to protest the fatal shooting of a local man they say was mentally ill.