November 21, 2017

Fort Hood – AWOL Soldier Arrested with Explosives

An AWOL soldier is being held in custody in Killeen, Texas, allegedly having admitted to planning an attack on the Fort Hood Army base.


Quoting law enforcement documents, ABC News is reporting that the soldier, from Fort Campbell in Kentucky, told police officers that he was at the Army base to “get even.”

Fox News is reporting that a source states that 2 additional soldiers may be wanted in connection with this investigation.

Fort Hood’s press center released the following statement: “We are aware at this time that Killeen Police Department arrested a soldier yesterday. The incident leading to the arrest did not occur on Fort Hood and the soldier was not a Fort Hood based soldier.”

The soldier was arrested at Guns Galore in Killeen, after trying to make a purchase, and allegedly enquiring how to build explosives. A store employee notified police. This store is the same place that Major Nadal Hasan bought the weapons that were allegedly used in the 2009 Fort Hood shootings.

He also apparently bought an Army uniform with Fort Hood patches from a local surplus store. Explosives have been found in his motel room.

The soldier has been identified as Private First Class Nasser Jason Abdo, from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, according to KXAN-TV. He returned from a tour in Afghanistan on July 4th. Last August, Abdo applied for conscientious objector status last August, in part because he is a Muslim, which was approved in the spring. He has not yet been discharged, due to the fact that he is currently facing a court-martial for allegedly having child pornography on his military computer.

On November 5th, 2009, Major Nadal Hasan, a military psychologist, shot and killed 13 people and wounded 30 more at Fort Hood. Currently, he is standing trial, and faces the death penalty.

Read more:

Fox News

USA Today

NBCDFW

Fort Hood Homepage

Fort Campbell Homepage


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