DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. – Federal authorities arrested a Dearborn Heights resident for his allegiance to ISIS by monitoring his twitter account and gun purchases.
Khalil Abu-Rayyan, 22, is being held on gun and drug charges.
The arrest comes after twitter announced it suspended 125,000 ISIS-related accounts over the past six months.
The Feds said they’ve been watching Abu-Rayyan since last May.
Abu Rayyan was having online conversations with an undercover FBI agent.
“I tried to shoot up a church one day,” Abu-Rayyan posted. “It’s one of the biggest ones in Detroit. I had it planned out. I bought a bunch of bullets. I practiced reloading and unloading.”
The complaint filed in federal court doesn’t specify which Detroit Church he was allegedly planning to attack, only that is was close and could seat 6,000 members.
The complaint quotes Abu-Rayyan saying:
“It’s easy, and a lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus it would make the news. Everybody would’ve heard. Honestly I regret not doing it. If I can’t do jihad in the Middle East, I would do my jihad over here.”
The complaint also says that he told the agent he had armed himself with a large knife and would behead people if he needed to.
“It is my dream to behead someone,” he told the agent.
The complaint can be viewed here.
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