September of 2016, President Obama announced Tuesday the U.S. would accept 110,000 refugees from around the world in the coming year, a nearly 60% increase in the number of refugees that were welcomed the year before.
Trump had warned the year before, “This could be one of the great military coups of all time,” the Republican front-runner told Fox News’ Eric Bolling Saturday. “If they send them into your country – young, strong people – and they turn out to be ISIS.”
Syrian Refugee Mustafa Alowemer has now been arrested for an alleged scheme to aid ISIS and bomb a Pittsburg church in the name of ISIS.
A Pittsburgh resident was arrested on terrorism charges after he allegedly was planning to attack the Legacy International Worship Center on the North Side.
Mustafa Alowemer, a 21-year-old man who was admitted to the United States as a refugee from Syria, is facing one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and two counts of distributing information relating to an explosive, destructive device or weapon of mass destruction.
“Targeting places of worship is beyond the pale, no matter what the motivation,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers.
“The defendant is alleged to have plotted just such an attack of a church in Pittsburgh in the name of ISIS. The National Security Division and our partners will continue our efforts to identify and bring to justice individuals in our country who seek to commit violence on behalf of ISIS and other terrorist organizations. I want to thank the agents, analysts, and prosecutors who are responsible for this investigation.”
According to an affidavit, the FBI Pittsburgh Joint Terrorism Task Force, an investigation revealed that the man had plotted to place a bomb on the church and he was inspired by ISIS.
Alowemer also said he targeted the church in order to “take revenge for our brothers in Nigeria.”
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto thanked the FBI’s effort in a statement.
“On behalf of the citizens of Pittsburgh, I want to thank the U.S. Attorney’s office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their arrest today, and the daily investigative work they and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police do to protect us from acts of terrorism and hate,” Mayor Peduto said. “Today’s events are especially alarming due to the suspect’s alleged target of yet another place of worship in our city, like the Tree of Life synagogue, which should be peaceful places of refuge and reflection that are free of threats of violence.”