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Jul282011

Soldier Arrested Near Fort Hood with Bomb-Making Materials

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(KILLEEN, Texas) -- A U.S. serviceman is in custody after he allegedly admitted he was planning an attack on the U.S. Army base at Fort Hood, Texas, the same base where 13 people were killed in a 2009 terror attack.

U.S. officials told ABC News an AWOL serviceman identified as Private First Class Nasser Abdo was arrested Wednesday attempting to make a purchase at Guns Galore in Killeen, Texas -- the same ammunition store where Maj. Nidal Hasan purchased the weapons he allegedly used to murder 13 people and wound 32 others on Nov. 5, 2009.

Multiple senior law enforcement officials report that this appears to be a classic lone wolf case – although military investigators and the FBI continue to look at Nasser’s associations. Evidence so far is that he acted alone.

Pfc. Abdo made headlines in 2010 when he refused to deploy to Afghanistan and applied for conscientious objector status, saying his Muslim faith prohibited him from doing so. At the time, he told ABC News, "Any Muslim who knows his religion...can find out very clearly why he should not participate in the U.S. military." Abdo's request was granted earlier this year.

Sources say that when authorities searched his hotel they found firearms and enough materials to make at least two bombs, including 6 pounds of blackpowder and 18 pounds of sugar. They also found some jihadist literature in his backpack. He had also apparently purchased an Army uniform with Fort Hood patches from a local surplus store.

Local police were initially alerted to the suspect by the owners of Guns Galore who reported him as "suspicious."

After he was arrested, Abdo reportedly told law enforcement he was at the base to "get even," according to law enforcement documents obtained by ABC News.

A spokesperson for the Killeen Police Department, which has the suspect in custody, said Abdo was arrested for an outstanding warrant for child pornography and did not have information about the alleged plot against the base.

Officials believe an attack was imminent, targeting a location outside of Fort Hood where soldiers frequented. Nasser is described as angry about his court martial for child pornography and angry about the U.S. military role in Afghanistan.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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