The FBI has just revealed another chilling plot of ISIS-inspired terrorism within our own borders.
Khalil Abu-Rayyan was allegedly talking planning to shoot up a Detroit, Michigan church with nearly 6,000 parishioners, but was foiled by his own father.
Via Fox News:
A Michigan man allegedly threatened to kill police and churchgoers to show support for Islamic State, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed on Thursday.
Khalil Abu-Rayyan, 21, of Dearborn Heights, was allegedly talking to an undercover FBI agent about his support for the terror group and how he wanted to shoot up a church that has nearly 6,000 parishioners, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The newspaper, citing the affidavit, reported Abu-Rayyan planned to shoot up the church one day, but he was stopped by his father.
“I tried to shoot up a church one day. I don’t know the name of it, but it’s close to my job,” Abu-Rayyan told the agent, according to the complaint. “It’s one of the biggest ones in Detroit. Ya. I had it planned out. I brought a bunch of bullets. I practice a lot with it. But my dad searched my car one day and he found everything. He found the gun and the bullets and a mask.”
Another chilling detail of this foiled plot is the reason why Abu-Rayyan had chosen a church for his target: because it was an easy target, in part, because “people are not allowed to carry guns in church.”
The man had wanted to shoot up the church because it would’ve been an easy target, the complaint said.
“It’s easy and a lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus, it would make the news. I regret not doing it. If I can’t do jihad in the Middle East, I would do my jihad over here.”
This chilling detail brings to mind one church shooting in which an armed parishioner saved untold lives — and reminds us of the fallacy of so-called “gun-free zones.”
The agency had been investigated since May 2015. Agents were tracking him through social media, phone calls and surveillance. The FBI said in the complaint he had two Twitter accounts on which he expressed support for ISIS, according to the Free Press.
Abu-Rayyan has not received any terror charges. According to Click On Detroit, he’s being held on gun and drug charges. He was stopped on Oct. 7, 205 for speeding when a Detroit police officer found a gun, sleeping pills and marijuana in his car.
He’s scheduled for a hearing on Monday.
Thankfully, this particular plot was averted and the suspect is in custody. But you have to wonder, how many others are out there plotting atrocities in our U.S. cities? Moreover, how many lives might be lost without armed citizens who can help fend off such a plot being carried out?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]