Mustafa Mousab Alowemer Bio
Suspect Mustafa Mousab Alowemer is said to have planned the attack on Legacy International Worship Center in Pittsburgh’s north side as ‘revenge’ for his terrorist ‘brothers’. He is a Syrian refugee who allegedly plotted to bomb a suburban church after pledging allegiance to Isis has been arrested.
Mustafa Mousab Alowemer was arrested on terrorism charges in relation to a plan to attack a church in Pittsburgh, according to the Justice Department. https://t.co/dCYeHuRMtK
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) June 19, 2019
When FBI officers arrested him Wednesday morning they found a series of items used for bomb-making.
These included nail polish remover, batteries, ice packs, and nails, according to the Justice Department.
Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, who was born in Daraa, Syria, arrived in the US in 2016 as a resettling refugee after escaping the country’s civil war. But it was not long after that he expressed his allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
He then is alleged to have begun planning an attack on one of several locations around Pittsburgh, including Yazidi families in the city, a Shia mosque, and US servicemen, before choosing the small church.
Legacy International Worship Center describes itself as a multicultural, ‘Christ-centered’ ministry on its website.
Alowemer then communicated with an individual he believed to be a fellow Isis supporter, who was in fact an undercover FBI operative.
Statement by Assistant Director Michael McGarrity, of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division on Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, a Syrian man, arrested on terrorism charges after planning attack on Christian church. https://t.co/kmxDl08ufT pic.twitter.com/T2KM9k7sqg
— FBI (@FBI) June 20, 2019
He described the church as ‘Nigerian’ and ‘mushrikeen’, an Arabic term for those who commit idolatry, and called for using a bomb big enough to ‘destroy it all’, according to a criminal complaint.
He gave the informant ‘multiple instructional documents related to the construction and use of explosives and improvised explosive devices (IEDs)’ according to a report by the Justice Department.
Mustafa Mousab Alowemer Age
He is a 21 years old boy.
He Shared His Plan to Undercover FBI Agents
FBI arrests Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, a refugee from Syria, who was planning on blowing up a Pittsburgh church “to advance the cause of ISIS in the United States”
‘The FBI takes threats to church buildings and other spiritual establishments extremely critically and will use all our resources to stop potential terrorist attacks towards them.’
Lead Pastor of the church Michael Anthony Day stated: ‘i am addressing the current alleged incident concerning our church being the target of a terrorist chance. Gratefully God thwarted this type of tragedy protecting our congregation and northside network.
‘The terrorist became apprehended earlier these days and all Isis operation for deliberate attacked has been destroyed (sic).’
he’s anticipated to have a hearing in federal court docket on Friday.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Mustafa Mousab Alowemer planned to attack small church in north Pittsburgh
- Arresting cops found nails, batteries and other bomb-making equipment
- Had planned two bombs – one on side of the church in an initial attack and another to hit first-responders
- Caught by an undercover agent posing as a terrorist who he met four times to discuss the horrific attack