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Decatur imam says he's glad Illinois man arrested for suspected bomb plot

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) -- The leader of a central Illinois mosque says a member of his congregation accused by the FBI of trying to wage holy war acted out of ignorance if the allegations are true.

Imam Johnnie Shabazz says Michael C. Finton doesn't know enough about Islam to talk about holy war.

Finton also went by the name Talib Islam and lives in Decatur. He was arrested Wednesday and charged with attempting to murder federal officers or employees and trying to detonate a weapon of mass destruction. The complaint against Finton says he tried to detonate what he thought was a bomb outside the federal courthouse in Springfield.

Shabazz says he didn't know Finton well, although the man attended the mosque for about two and a half years.

The imam says he never saw the potential for violence in Finton but is glad the FBI did.

Finton's federal public defender has not returned calls for comment from The Associated Press.

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