Prosecutors Accuse Two of Targeting U.S. Military

By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 25, 2009

Two North Carolina men accused this summer of being at the center of a homegrown terrorism threat cased the U.S. Marine Corps base at Quantico, Va., with plans to kill U.S. military personnel, federal prosecutors alleged Thursday.

A federal grand jury on Thursday filed an additional charge of conspiring to murder military personnel against Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39, and Hysen Sherifi, 24, according to the U.S. attorney for the eastern district of North Carolina.

The indictment, which was not immediately available, alleges that Boyd obtained maps and undertook reconnaissance of the base and that Boyd owned armor piercing ammunition that he said was "to attack the Americans," U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding said in a statement.

The charges were the first to indicate a domestic target for the group and carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Boyd was also charged with providing an automatic Ruger Mini-14 rifle and .223-caliber ammunition to a convicted felon, and both men and Boyd's son, Zakariya, faced an additional weapons charge that carries a minimum five-year prison term.

A federal grand jury this summer charged Boyd, a Muslim convert raised in Alexandria, with leading a group of seven men in their 20s and early 30s who wanted to export violent jihad to the Middle East. The others, all U.S. citizens except for Sherifi, a legal U.S. resident from Kosovo, were indicted on charges conspiring to kidnap and kill people overseas. All are being held without bond at a prison in Virginia.

An eighth suspect, Jude Kenan Mohammad, is believed to be in Pakistan. Boyd's lawyer, federal public defender Rosemary Godwin, did not immediately return an e-mail seeking comment late Thursday.

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