(CHRISTIAN POST) – On the eve of World Refugee Day, the Trump administration announced the arrest of a Syrian refugee accused of plotting to bomb a church in Pittsburgh in the name of the Islamic State.
Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 21, was arrested Wednesday after being charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) and two counts of distributing information about explosive weapons related to his plot to attack the place of worship.
"Targeting places of worship is beyond the pale, no matter what the motivation," Assistant Attorney General John Demers, said in a Justice Department news release. "The defendant is alleged to have plotted just such an attack of a church in Pittsburgh in the name of ISIS."
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An affidavit filed in a federal court in Pittsburgh accuses Alowemer of plotting to bomb a church in Pittsburgh's North Side. The FBI identified the church as Legacy International Worship Center on Wilson Avenue.
The affidavit accuses Alowemer of saying that his motivation for blowing up the church was to support IS and inspire other potential jihadis to commit similar acts for IS, which has long called on its lone-wolf supporters in the West to carry out attacks on soft targets such as churches.