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Accused terror conspirator lived in quiet Willow Spring neighborhood

Posted July 27, 2009
Updated July 28, 2009

— A father and his two sons are among seven people accused of supporting terrorism by training and traveling overseas, federal authorities said Monday.

According to the indictment, Daniel Patrick Boyd, also known as "Saifullah," and the other defendants conspired to provide resources to terrorists over the last three years.

Boyd, who authorities said led the men, lived at 134 Lakeside Circle in Willow Spring. The 39-year-old was married and operated a drywall business.

During July 2007, Daniel Boyd traveled to Israel with several of the other defendants, hoping to engage in "violent jihad" that included “supporting and participating in terrorist activities abroad and committing acts of murder, kidnapping or maiming persons,” according to the indictment. They failed in their efforts, and the men returned home, the indictment stated.

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Jeremy Johnson, Boyd’s neighbor in Willow Spring, said the indictment, unsealed Monday, shocked the residents of the rural Johnston County community.

"You just don't know, this day and age, you just don't know who your neighbors are,” Johnson said.

The Boyds held regular prayer services and played Islamic-sounding music, neighbors said.

"They were great neighbors. We never had any trouble with them. Their kids played with our kids,” neighbor Heather Roegner said. "It is crazy. I don't know what to think."

Authorities searched Boyd’s Willow Spring home Monday afternoon.

"They are going through the house and bringing things out,” neighbor Ann Stephenson said.

A list of items seized from the home was not available Monday night. The indictment alleges Boyd obtained a variety of weapons to support his efforts including: a Bushmaster M4A3 rifle, an ETA M16 V System C-MAG and a Ruger mini 14 long gun.

Boyd, who trained in terrorist camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan, fought in Afghanistan from 1989 and 1992, according to indictment.

His two sons: Dylan Boyd, 22, and Zakariya Boyd, 20, are also suspects. The three men, along with Hysen Sherifi, 24, Anes Subasic, 33, Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22, and Ziyad Yaghi, 21, have been charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap and injure persons abroad.

Yaghi was also on probation, according to court records. He was found guilty of felonious restraint.

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From June 10 to July 7, the suspects spent time training for holy war on private property in Caswell County, the indictment stated.

"We were aware of the ongoing investigation, and our office did provide assistance in the investigation as requested by the FBI Counter Terrorism Task Force," Sheriff Michael Welch said.

It was not disclosed Monday how authorities learned of the terror conspiracy. A federal grand jury returned a sealed seven-count indictment against the defendants Wednesday.

The defendants were arrested at various locations and made their first court appearances Monday. If convicted, they could face life in prison.


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  • Malcontent Jul 28, 2009

    Teach4ever67, you don't know me! So, let me tell you a little about me and my family: I'M MARRIED TO THE MILITARY!! How dare you assume I hate the US military! My husband is in Iraq! I support the military just like you. But, unlike you I know a JOKE when I see one! Yes, I'm ticked off! Your statements were insulting to ME and MY FAMILY!

  • original intent Jul 28, 2009

    Good reply Wattsun---Remember what James Madison said: "If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
    James Madison
    Sounds familiar??

  • original intent Jul 28, 2009

    sORRY bendal1....I agree,,I see no evidence of that either....
    kwazimac....I guess you buy the Guv'mint line(and major new media) Hook-Line & Sinker??

  • wattsun Jul 28, 2009

    kwazimac ,
    I don't really have time to debate the 9/11 issue as you are trying to bait me to do.
    For the record, by posting the article link I was not saying I believe every article that has been ever written on any TV program ,web site and paper.
    Infowars has been right on target with alot of issues and anyone who does not see some of the discrepancies in the whole 9/11 story has frankly not looked too hard.
    I look at ALL sides of a situation and story.
    From reading your previous posts on this subject you sound like the typical Fox Head with just another kill'em all attitude.
    Hopefully you not just another "Chicken Hawk" and if you talk the talk , I hope you indeed have walked the walk. However as a fellow American , I respect you right to believe think and write whatever you want to and this is why America is great. All I ask is to agree or disagree, respect my posts as well.

  • panthers254 Jul 28, 2009

    well, obama and bush do have a few things in common.....

    besides being distant cousins.

  • Bendal1 Jul 28, 2009

    original intent,

    I'm not arguing that point; I think it is very possible. I was responding to your comment that the feds are claiming they stopped a terrorist attack here by arresting Boyd; I've seen no news articles indicating that; all their comments said Boyd intended to do something overseas.

    BTW, the N&O pulled comments off of one article after some posters began accusing all Muslims of being capable of turning into terrorists at the slightest encouragement. I hope nothing of that sort shows up over here.

  • voiceofreason32 Jul 28, 2009

    I will take that as a yes to my earlier answer about infowars content

  • original intent Jul 28, 2009

    BEND1..You missed my point entirely----my belief is that Boyd was possibly a CIA operative,,and ferreted the others out..Read what his wife stated:she says, Boyd was in Afghanistan fighting against the Soviet Union "with the full backing of the United States government."--It's been said the CIA has run drugs out of Afghanistan for decades...Whether this is legit or "urban legend" ,,who knows....

  • Bendal1 Jul 28, 2009

    original intent,

    No one is claiming Boyd and his group were planning terrorist attacks in the US; according to the authorities he intended to go overseas and do something over there, to someone, at some unknown time.

    Notice how vague all this is? They had "plans" but no one's got any specifics, no details. Boyd went to Israel for a "violent jihad" but returned having done nothing; that's hardly the work of a mastermind, and if he had done ANYTHING wrong in Israel he wouldn't have returned at all!

    It appears that labelling someone a "terrorist" in today's society is akin to being called a Communist in the 50's. It's an immediate assumption of guilt and justification for all sorts of Constitutional violations. Need to torture a "terrorist"? Sure, go ahead, whatever it takes. How about permanent incarceration? Absolutely, keeps us safe that way.

    Until someone calls YOU a terrorist. This is suspicious to me.

  • original intent Jul 28, 2009

    Sabrina Boyd denied her husband trained at terror camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan 20 years ago, as the government charges, and asked the public to refrain from "a rush to judgment," FOX's WRAL reported.

    Instead, she says, Boyd was in Afghanistan fighting against the Soviet Union "with the full backing of the United States government."

    I figured Boyd was a COMPANY man!! ot at least a CONTRACTOR!!