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Triangle terror suspects face new charges

Posted September 24, 2009

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— Two men charged with plotting terrorist acts overseas face additional charges that they conspired to kill military personnel in the U.S., authorities said Thursday.

Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39, and Hysen Sherifi, 24, planned an attack on the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., according to an indictment handed down Thursday. Boyd scouted out the base and obtained maps of it, and he had armor-piercing ammunition "to attack the Americans," the indictment states.

Mugshot of Daniel Boyd, terrorism suspect Terror suspects face new charges

Boyd, his sons, Dylan Boyd, 22, and Zakariya "Zak" Boyd, 20, and four other men – Sherifi, Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22, Ziyad Yaghi, 21, and Anes Subasic, 33 – were indicted in July on charges that they plotted to murder, kidnap, maim and injure people overseas. They are being held without bond at a prison in Virginia.

An eighth suspect, Jude Kenan Mohammad, 20, is believed to be in Pakistan.

Authorities claim the group was preparing to wage "violent jihad," but until Thursday, no specific targets or time frame were mentioned. Prosecutors cited trips members of the group made overseas in recent years, weapons purchases, fundraising efforts and military-style training conducted in the woods of Caswell County.

Quantico officials issued a statement late Thursday saying the charges were the result of cooperation between the Marine Corps, the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

"This case represents the close coordination between NCIS and FBI in addressing terrorism issues that may impact the operational readiness of the U.S. military," the statement said.

The new indictment also charges Daniel Boyd, Zak Boyd and Sherifi with possession of a firearm during a crime of violence and Daniel Boyd with providing a rifle and ammunition to a convicted felon.

“These additional charges hammer home the grim reality that today’s homegrown terrorists are not limiting their violent plans to locations overseas, but instead are willing to set their sights on American citizens and American targets, right here at home,” U.S. Attorney George Holding said in a statement.

Former FBI agent Frank Perry, who has no involvement in the case, said the new indictment may have been handed down later for a reason.

“They may have wanted to wait to inform the Marine Corp. and Quantico officials and the other agencies on site there about this and there may have been some national security reason not to divulge it earlier,” Perry said.

No one answered the door Thursday at the Boyds' house in Willow Spring, and neighbors said they haven't seen anyone around the house in a while.

A trial in the case isn't expected to begin until late 2010, at the earliest. A federal judge has given prosecutors until Dec. 17 to declassify documents and other evidence they plan to use in the case so that defense attorneys can begin reviewing it and preparing their case.

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  • nanasix Sep 25, 2009

    Go Google "Hilda E. Davis", read what I've been writing for the past several years. I've begged people to open their eyes, look around them, this is no longer the 60's, 70's or even the 90's..this is a whole new world we live in. We are surrounded by Middle Easterner's, they own ever convenience store, tobacco shop, many restaurants, trucking companines, etc. These people mean us harm, yet we continue shopping in their stores, never thinking were the profits are going. Never mind the fact that many of them are smoothe talking individuals, and pathalogical liars, these people were well trained on how to come to our country, commit their crimes,i.e., cigarette smuggling, drugs, etc...they commit their crimes, launder the money in opening their business, form a corporation, obtain a business license, whilemany are here illegally, yet no one ask any questions, they are given their license, and go their merry way, funneling profits to Hezbollah or other terrorist cells. PLEASE WAKE UP

  • floseh Sep 25, 2009

    The best way to secure our Nation is to bring all the troops home from Afganiston, Iraq, ans South Korea, disperce them 50 yds. apart on our borders. I mean all our equipment,planes etc. Then we should be able to keep out Drugs, illegals. Then make it a law that 3 strikes and out for drug addicts.Prosecute them. Some countrys have a mandantory death sentence for druggies. Could we as Americans do that or is our govt. afraid? Comments, please.

    The Floseh

  • anti-Hans Sep 25, 2009

    Ia m sure these young men are all fine, upstanding citizens who are misunderstood. How dare we accuse them of anything? Just kidding folks, but amazes me all those who supported these guys and continue to support potnetial terror suspects. They have one goal and one goal only - to get rid of us as Americans and Christians.

  • Cricket at the lake Sep 25, 2009

    Go to www.islamoncapitalhill . Scroll to the very bottom of each page and read OUR TIME HAS COME. A march is scheduled for today in DC, wonder how these recent events have affected those plans? What will the crowd estimate be compared to the Tea Party 2 weeks ago? The website has truly scary images including a woman in a full burka, the wardrobe they would prefer for all American women, if we let them!

  • sorry Sep 25, 2009

    And to think some people on the board felt sorry for them

    Wake Up they are here and they want to kill us

  • grenlyn1 Sep 24, 2009

    What saddens me the most in this whole story, is the fact that my son has friends in Willow Springs. And these thugs lived in Willow Springs. He was THAT close to being in the back yard of an enemy to his country and uniform. Although some of you can not comprehend the validity of such an offense, you have to truly understand the feeling of a mother who sends her son to war torn countries, faces his enemies, talks to them, and returns knowing he made a difference in other's lives and yet he still has to come home to his own countrymen trying to kill him off for being who he is. American's need to unite in times like this...stop passing the buck..blaming others..and take responsibility for their lives/freedoms. In WWII this country worked as one and NOONE let their neighbor down.

  • dws Sep 24, 2009

    john283594, your turn.....if you have the backbone to return

  • WRALSUCKS Sep 24, 2009

    "Let's get over 9/11 and move on"

    You can trivialize 3000 deaths in this way?!

    You should hang your head in shame

  • dws Sep 24, 2009

    "I still remember Pearl Harbor Day every year....you get over it. I say let's be prepared and keep fighting these people" patriotsrevenge

    amen!....and as far as terrorism goes, zero tolerance, an expeditious trial followed by immediate execution if found guilty

  • eatme Sep 24, 2009

    "Let's get over 9/11 and move on...we got over pearl harbor in less time..."

    You fail.

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