Man who plotted to blow up Pittsburgh church in name of ISIS set to plead guilty
The man who plotted to blow up a church on Pittsburgh’s North Side in the name of ISIS is set to plead guilty.
Publish date : 9/16/2021
Publish Time : 15:05:00
According to federal authorities, Mustafa Alowemer, a Syrian refugee, is scheduled to appear before a judge Thursday morning.
Alowemer was 21 at the time of his arrest in 2019. Investigators charged him with attempting to provide material support and resources for ISIS and two counts of distributing information relating to an explosive, destructive device or weapon of mass destruction.
According to the FBI, he planned to bomb a small church on Wilson Avenue in the Perry South neighborhood. He identified the church as Christian and Nigerian, and said he targeted it to “take revenge for our [ISIS] brothers in Nigeria.” Officials said Alowemer recorded a video pledging allegiance to the former ISIS leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, before he was hunted down and killed by JSOC 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, commonly called Delta Force.