MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The Federal Bureau of Investigations has arrested two men from Mobile in connection with an overseas terrorist plot.
The criminal complaint released by the U.S. Attorney on Tuesday names Mohammad Abukhdair, and Mobile native Randy Wilson, who also goes by the name Rasheed Wilson.
FOX10 News found a mugshot of Wilson from a 2011 arrest on a traffic warrant. Now, he and Abukhdair both face federal terrorism charges.
According to the U.S. Attorney the pair conspired to travel overseas to wage violent jihad.
The complaint refers to Wilson as a close friend and former roommate of Daphne-native Omar Hammami. Wilson met Hammami in 2002, and they lived together up until 2004.
Hammami has been indicted on terrorism charges and just last month he was placed on the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorists" list. In Sept. 2011, Wilson told an undercover agent the FBI "has eyes" on people in Mobile because of Hammami.
Wilson met Abukhdair online.
In Oct. 2011, he drove to Ohio to pick up Abukhdair, who moved in with Wilson and his family in Mobile.
While talking to an undercover FBI agent, Abukhdair made the statement "People don't understand that jihad means people are going to die. It's a war."
Abukhdair was arrested at a bus terminal in Augusta, Georgia. Authorities stopped Wilson in Atlanta as he attempted to board a flight to Morocco.
They are charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists with plans to kill people outside the United States.
Wilson's wife and two children were with him. They planned to travel from Morocco to Mauritania.
Wilson said the advantages of heading to the north African country include it's weak government, cheap cost of living and close location to emerging jihadist fronts.
There are no court records indicating whether either suspect has hired an attorney.
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