Shopping Mall Plot

Somali native charged with plotting to blow up mall

A federal grand jury in Columbus has charged a Somali national with plotting with other al-Qaida operatives to blow up a Columbus-area shopping mall. The four-count indictment unsealed today charges 32-year-old Nuradin Abdi with conspiring with admitted al-Qaida member Iyman Faris and others to detonate a bomb at the unidentified shopping mall. The indictment says Abdi had gotten military-style training in Ethiopia. Abdi also is charged with fraud and misuse of documents by claiming that he had been granted valid asylum status in the United States. Prosecutors say he obtained that refugee document under false pretenses.

The FBI says Abdi was arrested on immigration charges and has been in federal custody since November 28th, 2003.