A one-man jihad attack has been averted in Rockford, Illinois:
CHICAGO — A man was arrested Friday by federal agents on charges of planning to set off hand grenades in garbage cans at a shopping mall.
Derrick Shareef, 22, of Rockford, was arrested when he met with an undercover agent in a parking lot to trade a set of stereo speakers for four hand grenades and a handgun.
Federal officials said he planned to set off four hand grenades in garbage cans at the CherryVale shopping mall in Rockford, about 90 miles northwest of Chicago.
He was charged with one count of attempting to damage or destroy a building by fire or explosion and one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Officials say he was acting alone.
If convicted, each charge in the complaint carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Federal officials said that in September, Shareef became acquainted with a witness who was cooperating with the FBI and confided to him that he wanted to commit acts of “violent jihad,” as well as other crimes, to obtain funds to further his goals.
The story never uses the I-word, but it does use the J-word. So there’s no doubt that this man isn’t a Buddhist or a Mormon.
This incident, like the OU bomber and other similar cases, makes one wonder: how many more guys like this are there?
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This fellow got caught because he confided his plans to an FBI snitch. But how about the ones who are lucky or savvy enough not to make that mistake?
Young men of a certain religious proclivity, angry loners listening to jihad cassettes late at night in the privacy of the their apartments… Scouring the internet for bomb-making formulas and instructions for cellphone-contolled detonation devices… Cheering the deaths of American and Israeli soldiers on the nightly news…
How many of them are there who aren’t being caught?
Coming soon to a shopping mall near you…