FBI: Arrested soldier had bomb-making materials

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Associated Press

Posted on July 28, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 28 at 12:04 PM

 

 

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) -- The FBI says bomb-making materials were found in the motel room of an AWOL Fort Campbell, Ky., soldier arrested near Fort Hood, Texas.

Agency spokesman Erik Vasys said Thursday that firearms and "items that could be identified as bomb-making components, including gunpowder" were removed from Pfc. Naser Abdo's Killeen motel room.

Vasys says the FBI will charge Abdo with possessing bomb-making components. He's in Killeen police custody.

The 21-year-old Muslim infantry soldier had been granted conscientious objector status earlier this year after he said his religious beliefs would prevent him from fighting in any war.

The discharge was delayed after Abdo was charged with possessing child pornography.

An Oklahoma attorney who represented Abdo says he hasn't heard from Abdo in weeks. He's been AWOL since July 4th weekend.

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