An AWOL Muslim American Army private arrested after buying bomb-making supplies is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.
Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo will appear before a civilian magistrate judge in Waco, Texas, at 11 a.m. (noon ET). The specific charges against him will be unsealed following his appearance, according to court officials.
Killeen police arrested Abdo, 21, on Wednesday after a gun store employee tipped them that Abdo's behavior raised red flags when he purchased six pounds of smokeless gunpowder and other supplies.
FBI investigators who searched his hotel room found enough material for two bombs, a Defense Department official said.
"Military personnel were a target of this suspect," Killeen Police Chief Dennis Baldwin told reporters on Thursday.
Killeen is home to Fort Hood, the same military post where a 2009 shooting spree left 13 people dead. Another Muslim American soldier, Maj. Nidal Hasan, has been charged in those killings.
Asked how close Abdo may have come to pulling off an attack, Baldwin said, "I can tell you that we would probably be here today giving you a different briefing had he not been stopped."FULL STORY