As we noted in June, via North Carolina: Father Tips Off Police to Muslim-Convert Son’s Jihad Sympathies
Sullivan told him [undercover agent] he had converted to Islam, and was a “mujahid.”
Sullivan wrote the undercover officer, “500 is an incorrect body count.” He said 1,000 was correct, “I’m thinking about using biological weapons … coat our bullets with cyanide … and then set off a gas bomb to finish the rest.”
In one of his last conversations with the undercover agent, authorities said Sullivan talked about a second attack, “we could use a U-Haul packed with bombs and then detonate it.”
The latest update via: Indictment: Man spoke with IS while planning attack in US – The Washington Post
The indictment filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Charlotte said Justin Nojan Sullivan spoke with Junaid Hussain in June 2015 via social media about making a video of a terrorist attack in the U.S. to be used by IS.
The original indictment unsealed in February accused Sullivan of killing his neighbor and stealing his money so he could buy an assault rifle to carry out an IS-inspired shooting at a concert or club. The indictment said Sullivan offered an undercover FBI employee money to kill his parents, who he believed would interfere with his plans.
In the initial indictment, Sullivan was accused of planning to use an assault rifle and silencer to carry out an attack at a concert, bar or club, which he believed would kill as many as 1,000 people.
A grand jury in Burke County also indicted Sullivan in February on a murder charge in the death of 74-year-old John Bailey Clark, who lived a few doors down from him, said District Attorney David Learner.
In December 2014, he used a .22-caliber rifle stolen from his father’s gun cabinet to shoot Clark in the head, the federal indictment said. A news release said forensic testing shows the rifle was used to kill Clark.
Federal authorities said they began investigating Sullivan after his father called 911 in April 2015 saying his son was destroying religious items in their home in Morganton. He was arrested at the family’s home without incident on June 19, and later told investigators that he planned to carry out an attack in the coming days when his parents were expected to be out of town, investigators have said.
Residents are reacting to new charges against a teen accused of supporting the Islamic State group by planning a terror attack in North Carolina.
An enhanced indictment said that while 19-year-old Justin Sullivan lived in Morganton with his parents, he had researched firearms and plotted to kill at least 1,000 people.
Now, he’s accused of planning the attack under the guidance of one of the most sought-after terror suspects in the world.
“I’m surprised in this little neighborhood,” resident Travis Baker said.
Baker and his neighbors have been rocked by one shock after another.
In June of 2015, authorities arrested Sullivan for allegedly plotting a terror attack.
Months later, Sullivan was charged with killing his neighbor as a practice target. New charges allege Sullivan was being mentored by Junaid Hussain, a high-ranking member of the Islamic State group.
“That was real shocking there,” Baker said. “Someone from here, this little country town, to get ahold of someone from ISIS.”
Terrorism expert Ross Bulla said the terror group has a tough screening process and that if Sullivan had a mentor, the Islamic State group believed he had access to weapons and the motivation to carry out an attack.
“This boy that looks like he is 12 years old walking into the courthouse is in direct communication and being mentored by the third highest-ranking member in the worst terror organization in the world,” Bulla said.
Bulla also said he believes there are more aspiring terrorists in the state.
“Absolutely. We are in a section of the country that is ripe with groups that practice hateful ideology and inspire lone wolf behaviors,” Bulla said.
Sullivan is in federal custody and his trial is set for Oct 31.
Someone should interview Bulla to get more details on these groups in North Carolina. Reader’s here know North Carolina is a hotbed for jihadist activity., but citizens should know to whom Bulla is referring.
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