A federal grand jury has handed down a three-count indictment charging a 20-year-old Kansas man with trying to carry out a suicide attack at Fort Riley.
Prosecutors say John T. Booker Jr. of Topeka was arrested Friday while trying to arm what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb inside a van near the Army post an hour west of Topeka.
A federal grand jury in Kansas City, Kan., on Thursday indicted Booker for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and other charges, including attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group.
Prosecutors say Booker, also known as Muhammad Abdullah Hassan, told undercover FBI informants that he wanted to kill Americans and engage in violent jihad on behalf of the group.
In a separate hearing Thursday, a judge ruled that a second man charged in connection with the plot, Alexander Blair, can be released to his parents’ custody. That is expected to happen by Monday.
Blair’s attorney Christopher Joseph had argued that his client was not a flight risk because he had little money and no car, and said he had fully cooperated with the investigation.
Blair was arrested shortly after Booker and is charged with allegedly lending money to Booker as a part of a plan. Prosecutors allege he had full knowledge of the plot and didn’t inform the authorities.