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Is there a connection between both Tri-State terror plots?

(SOURCE: FOX19 NOW/File) (SOURCE: FOX19 NOW/File)
WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) – -

The West Chester man who pleaded guilty to a plot to attack and kill a U.S. military employee and then attack a Tri-State police station may be connected to another man arrested on terror-related charges in 2015.

In documents unsealed on Thursday, they show 21-year old Munir Abdulkader entered a guilty plea in February to charges related to the plot.

In 2015, FOX19 NOW’s Tricia Macke interviewed Christopher Cornell, a man from Green Township accused of hatching a plot to attack the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

“You don't want to give me your source overseas, but you got to give me something.  So that I can have some idea of if you're real or if you're, you know, kind of just full of it,” Macke asked Cornell.

“Alright, um, how about this.  You, uh, my brother recently made some threats against the airports bomb scares.  My brother Junaid Hussain,” Cornell replied. “There's one for you. But you ain't going to catch these brothers. He's over in Syria as well.”

The man Cornell mentioned is also tied to Abdulkader, according to a release from the Department of Justice.

"They find these surrogates and franchise out their ideas and their methods,” said terror expert and UC Clermont professor Ed Bridgeman.

In those documents, it’s written that “Abdulkader communicated with Junaid Hussein.”  Hussein is identified as a “member of ISIL.”

Federal investigators say there was electronic communication between Hussein and Abdulkader.

“Abdulkader communicated with Junaid Hussein and the CHS about a plan to kill an identified military employee on account of his position with the United States government. The plan included abducting the employee at the employee’s home and filming the execution of the employee,” according to a press release.

Investigators go on to say, “Through their communications, Junaid Hussein directed and encouraged Abdulkader to plan and execute a violent attack within the United States.”

"What ISIS is selling to them is glory and self-worth,” Bridgeman told FOX19 NOW.

Reports say Hussein, from England, once ranked third on the Pentagon’s “ISIS kill list.”  He was killed in an airstrike in 2015. 

Reports say Hussein, who has a background in computer hacking, was believed to have used social media to recruit fighters and was allegedly involved in recruiting bombers in Western countries.

"I think that it adequately demonstrates that the Midwest, here - a hometown - is not immune to this type of activity,” said Bridgeman.

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