Authorities arrest AWOL soldier planning attack on Ft. Hood

POSTED: Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 3:14pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

The following statement has been released by the Killeen Police Department:

On July 26, 2011 the Killeen Police Department received information regarding suspicious activity. The Killeen Police Department and the Fort Hood Criminal Investigations Division Command began an investigation into this report.

On July 27, 2011 at 2:03PM the Killeen Police Department arrested Naser Jason Abdo, an AWOL soldier from Fort Campbell, Kentucky on a warrant from the Fort Campbell Provost Marshall’s Office charging him with Possession of Obscene Material and AWOL.

During the investigation suspicious materials were located in Abdo’s hotel room. It is anticipated that Federal charges will be filed.

The Killeen Police Department would like to assure the citizens of Killeen and the surrounding area that we are not aware of any additional threats to the safety of our community.

The Killeen Police Department would also like to thank the US Army CID Command, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the McClennan County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad, Fort Hood EOD, the Bell County District Attorney’s Office, the US Attorney’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety for their hard work in making the citizens of our community safer.

Further questions regarding Federal charges may be directed to FBI Public Information Officer Erik Vasys at 210-650-6492.

UPDATE: Private Naser Jason Abdo has admitted to planning an attack against Fort Hood.

Killeen police have arrested at least one U.S. soldier and two other non-Fort Hood people in connection with an alleged plot to attack the Killeen military base.

The soldier has been identified as Private Naser Jason Abdo.

Reports say 21-year old Pvt. Naser Abdo went AWOL from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he faced child pornography charges on July 4.

Pvt. Abdo was arrested Wednesday, after he was reported for suspicious behavior on Tuesday at the Guns Galor shop, located in the 4200 block of South Fort Hood Street in Killeen. The employee who reported Adbo, Greg Ebert, tells KWKT the soldier bought 6 pounds of silent powder, claiming he didn't know what it was for. Then Abdo spent about 15 minutes in the store acting 'aloof', bought the powder and left. Ebert quickly reported the suspicious activity.

A press conference will be held at 2 p.m. at the Killeen Police Department.

Rep. John Carter released this statement Thursday:

"Thanks to quick action by a Texas gun dealer in alerting local police to a suspicious character, and a prompt and vigorous response by the Killeen Police Department, we may well have averted a repeat of the tragic 2009 radical Islamic terror attack on our nation's largest military installation. We now have an example of what works to prevent these type attacks, and as the coming days reveal more details about this attempt, we can determine better ways to thwart similar efforts in the future."

On November 5, 2009 Major Nidal Hasan carried out an attack at Fort Hood, killing 13 people. Hasan purchased weapons allegedly used in the attack at the same gun shop as Abdo.

KWKT will continue to follow this story throughout the day, and bring you the latest details tonight on Fox 44 News at 9.


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