Shopping Mall Plot

Man suspected in shopping mall plot transferred for psychological evaluation

A man accused of plotting to blow up a Columbus-area shopping mall has been transferred to a federal prison medical center for a court ordered competency evaluation.

The US Marshals Service flew Nuradin Abdi and three other prisoners yesterday from Columbus. Abdi went to the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota. It's one of six medical facilities for males operated by the federal Bureau of Prisons.

Authorities accuse the 32 year old Somali refugee of plotting with admitted al-Qaida member Iyman Faris to blow up an undetermined mall.

Abdi was indicted earlier this month on charges including providing material support to al-Qaida, conspiracy and document fraud.

The evaluation is to determine if he understands the charges and can help his defense.