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UPDATE: Arrested Soldier Planning Attack on Fort Hood

The following is the latest update from NewsWest9's sister station KXXV in Waco-Killeen:

KILLEEN -  Police arrested Private First Class Naser Jason Abdo, an AWOL soldier from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for possession of child pornography, but it appears he had a much more sinister plan in Central Texas.

ABC News is reporting Pfc. Abdo, 21, allegedly admitted he was planning an attack on Fort Hood.  The FBI confirms that Abdo went to Guns Galore in Killeen on Wednesday, the same store where Maj. Nidal Hasan bought weapons for his alleged attack on November 5, 2009.

Greg Ebert, a salesman at the store, says that Abdo picked out six random canisters of gun powder, a gun clip and shell casings. 

Ebert says Abdo's demeanor was very suspicious.  According to Ebert, Abdo came to the store in a taxi, wore sunglasses the entire time and seemed withdrawn.  Furthering suspicions, Ebert says Abdo asked odd questions, such as, what is smokeless gun powder used for?

Once he left the store, Ebert says he called Killeen police. 

Killeen police spokesperson Carroll Smith says Abdo was arrested Wednesday at the America's Best Value Inn & Suites.  After searching his belongings police decided to evacuate the motel. 

According to FBI spokesmen Eric Vasys, firearms and what could be considered to be bomb making components, specifically smokeless gun powder, were found in Abdo's motel room.

Vasys says jihadist materials were also found in his possession.

ABC News quotes federal officials as saying that Abdo told police that he was at Ft. Hood to "get even" and that he had bought a uniform with Ft. Hood patches at a surplus store.

Ft. Hood released this statement on its Facebook page:

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. At this time, there has been no incident at Fort Hood. We continue our diligence in keeping our force protection at appropriate levels.

Motel guests were allowed back in their rooms late Wednesday night.

Some background information about Naser Abdo, CNN reports that he had applied to be discharged as a conscientious objector and that the Army had approved the request but, on May 13, he was charged with possession of child pornography on his computer. At a June 15 hearing, Abdo was recommended for court martial. He went AWOL almost immediately after that.


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