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N.C. terror suspect: Dad sold guns

Posted August 25, 2009
Updated August 26, 2009

— A Johnston County man named as the ringleader of an aspiring terrorism group sold most of the weapons he purchased and wanted to make sure his children were familiar with guns, one of the sons told federal agents in a report released Tuesday.

Dylan Boyd, in explaining why his family had so many weapons, told the FBI when he was arrested last month that Muslim practice says men should be strong and able to shoot guns in case they are attacked. He estimated that the family had about 10 weapons, including two that father Daniel Patrick Boyd had agreed to sell that day.

The younger Boyd said he didn't know who the buyers were.

The FBI has said it seized some two dozen weapons from the Boyd household and that a pit had been dug under their back deck to store the guns.

Dylan Boyd, 22, told agents that Muslims must be ready in case they are attacked, claiming that the U.S. Army is overseas raping and killing "their" Muslim sisters. He repeatedly called the FBI agents questioning him "kuffar" – meaning nonbelievers – and said the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were an "inside job," according to a summary of the interview.

Federal investigators have also said they found 26,000 rounds of ammunition inside the Boyd home. Dylan Boyd told agents that ammunition has been growing more expensive and that his father began to buy ammunition in bulk to get a lower price and save on shipping charges.

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Dylan Boyd said they planned to go shooting the day they were arrested. His attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday.

Federal investigators said Daniel Boyd, a 39-year-old drywall contractor, was the ringleader of a small North Carolina-based terrorist group that planned international travel to commit "violent jihad" and went on military-style training trips to rural North Carolina. Authorities claim the group, including an eighth suspect believed to be in Pakistan, were gearing up for a "violent jihad," though prosecutors haven't detailed any specific targets or time frame.

Prosecutors have also said that Daniel Boyd was trained in terrorist camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Dylan Boyd said the family's Muslim practice began to fall apart when they returned from Pakistan. He said the family didn't resume the Muslim practice until he was a teenager.

He indicated that the family lived under strict teachings. Dylan Boyd recalled that both he and brother Zakariya "Zak" Boyd, 20, also charged in the case, had "went bad" for a while, meaning they fell away from the Muslim faith, disobeyed their father, drank and dated girls.

Daniel Boyd and his sons, Dylan and Zak; Hysen Sherifi, 24; Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22; Ziyad Yaghi, 21; and Anes Subasic, 33 – are being held in the Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville, Va., pending trial.

An eighth suspect, Jude Kenan Mohammad, 20, of Wake County, is believed to be in Pakistan. Prosecutors say they hope to have him in custody soon.

Dylan Boyd said he knew several of the suspects, noting he attended North Carolina State University with Hassan and knew Sherifi, Yaghi and Mohammad through various encounters.


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  • anti-Hans Aug 26, 2009

    Some of you folks really scare me. These guys are not just collecting guns as a hobby. Listen to the tapes. They had evil intent, and the FBI had been watching them for a long time. Of course now the accused are trying to come up with an alibi. Get real, and thanks Pres Bush for authorizing listening to phone calls.

  • brewmonkey Aug 26, 2009

    "Because we allow millions and trillions of illegals to enter our country." - 'professor'

    trillions? that's some nice hyperbole there. where are they coming from, mars? less than 7 billion in the world today...


  • Sachseek Aug 26, 2009

    @ nanasix: yes, a better plan might be to lock up or deport all 'middle eastern' looking people!! I mean look at them...doing so well by having so many businesses and successful lives! they are in our system and it creeps me out!!! Bigotry has no end....

    arrest those who mean harm...let those in peace be....
    after all America is the land of the free rite?

  • Professor Aug 26, 2009

    Maybe dad need to look at some prison time. I agree there are plenty of terriost in America. Why? Because we allow millions and trillions of illegals to enter our country.

  • nanasix Aug 26, 2009

    If federal agents think they have all of the terrorist in N.C. in custody, they'd better look again. There are many Middle Easterner's in our state and country that mean us harm and support terrorist organizations. They have convenience stores, with other illegals working there, they house them, pay them cash as they can't legally work here. They have cigar stores, restaurants, Importing & Exporting, Trucking, Computer businesses, Cell Phone Businesses, etc., and are very actively supporting those that mean us harm. They earn the money to open their business by committing crimes,i.e., cigarette smuggling, and launder the money in opening the business,and sending a large percentage of profits overseas. If this cell shocked everyone, then they need to open their eyes and look around them, we are surrounded in every direction. If police and investigators would just stop the vans and panel trucks, not to mention the 18 wheelers going up and down our highways, they's catch a lot more.

  • FairPlay Aug 26, 2009

    I agree you can own guns within reason but what they had was over the top. This is not why they were arrested though so what is the point of the story. They were terrorists with killing plots.

  • Jake Wildstar Aug 26, 2009

    Daniel Boyd was trained in terroist training camps in Afghanistan. That fact alone should get this guy a one way trip to a federal prison. Al Quieda has been trying to recruit "white" looking muslims from Europe to conduct future attacks, they hit the jackpot with this guy, not only is he white, he's an American. Just the thought of what this guy could have done scares me. I also wonder how many more there are like him. I don't care that he legally had firearms, that just means he is an intelleigent terrorist, one that knows how to keep out of trouble and stay away from "the law" until the time comes to strike. Thank God they found this guy when they did.

  • josep4567 Aug 26, 2009

    Card carrying N.R.A. members, selling guns to other law abiding citizens.

  • FVHowler Aug 26, 2009

    Look at the headline: "Father Sold Guns." Thats not even the main issue of the story. These folks were apparently plotting to kill people. Thats the headline! Obviously, this story will be used as propaganda by all the gun-control nuts. This is a sad story, in more ways than one.

  • ncwebguy Aug 26, 2009

    Why are some people so proud of their ignorance?

    Desptie the reality that President Obama has not taken anyone's rights away, some people continue to make false claims to the contrary.

    These people were arrested for plotting to commit terror. Period. Not owning guns. Not digging a ditch. Not knowing the difference between 10 and 22. As these message boards prove time and again, everyone has the right to be an idiot.

    If Obama was doing all the bad things he's been accused of with respect to the first and second amendments, the town hall meetings would be shut down and the people who buy ammo by the pallate would be in jail. Neither of these things have happend in REALITY, not the Fox News fiction where the country has been destroyed and we are all socalist nazis.

    To those who continue to belive that depsite all facts to the opposite, I would tell you to think, but it is obvious that is not possible.