U.S. prosecutors have accused a Kenyan citizen of planning a skyscraper attack similar to the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Reportedly, the defendant’s name is Cholo Abdi Abdullah. He is a member of Somali terrorist group Al-Shabab, a wing of the international terrorist organization Al Qaeda (banned in Russia). The man prepared the attack at the behest of a higher-ranking member of al-Shabab, who organized the attack on a luxury hotel in Nairobi in 2019.
According to the disclosures, the suspect attended flight school in the Philippines in 2016 and passed the tests required to obtain a pilot’s license. In addition, Abdullah researched data on airport security flaws and prepared to hijack a civilian plane to carry out a terrorist attack.
According to prosecutors, the man was researching the tallest building in a major U.S. city and trying to get a visa. In which city and which building the attack was planned was not specified.
Abdullah was arrested last year by Philippine authorities. He is currently being transported to New York City and will be sentenced in federal court in Manhattan on Wednesday, December 16.
On Sept. 11, 2001, the largest terrorist attack in modern history occurred in the United States. Two planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, a third crashed into the Pentagon building and another crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. As a result, 2,976 people were killed and more than 4,000 more were injured.
The main defendant in the 9/11 attacks case is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. He was captured in 2003 during a special operation in Pakistan and held for 3.5 years in one of the prisons of the secret CIA network, where he was subjected to brutal interrogation methods, before being transferred to Guantanamo in 2006. Last July he agreed to a deal and said he was ready to help the relatives of victims of the terrorist attacks in a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia.