via Daily Mail: A Michigan man is accused of being an ISIS supporter after he told an undercover FBI agent that he wanted to shoot up a church to show his support for the terrorist group.
Khalil Abu-Rayyan was first arrested on gun and drug charges last year, but now he has since been accused of attempting to commit terrorist related offenses by the FBI. He has not been formally charged with terrorism.
According to a sworn affidavit from the United States District Court of Michigan, the 22-year-old was allegedly involved in making terror threats on behalf of the terrorist group. The FBI began monitoring Abu-Rayyan starting in May 2015.
Authorities say that Abu-Rayyan made threats in monitored phone conversations and electronic communications with the undercover agent, as he was also under surveillance on social media.
He also was found to have made numerous comments on ISIS propaganda online, including videos of executions, as well as liking and re-tweeting ISIS related links, WJBK reported.
he chilling details about what Abu-Rayyan allegedly planned to do are detailed within the sworn affidavit.
While on social media he told an undercover agent that he ‘tried to shoot up a church one day. I don’t know the name of it but it’s close to my job.
‘One of the biggest ones in Detroit. I had it planned out. I brought a bunch of bullets. I practiced a lot with it.
‘I practiced reloading and unloading, but my dad searched my car one day and he found everything. He found the gun and the bullets and the mask I was going to wear.’
He never shared which church he planned on allegedly attacking, however, investigators did identify a possible target less than a half mile away from where he worked, WJBK reported.
When investigators asked Abu-Rayyan why he allegedly wanted to target a church, he 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. Everybody would have heard. Honestly, I regret not doing it. If I can’t go do jihad at the Middle East I would do a jihad over here.’
According to WJBK, he had a AK-47 with a 40 round magazine.
He reportedly told the undercover FBI agent that the gun he had is ‘the kind of gun that ISIL fighters carry.’
It is unclear how he became radicalized, however, the FBI says he kept a sword in his car and dreamed of beheading people.
‘It is my dream to behead someone,’ he told the agent.
e is expected to appear in court Monday for a detention hearing and then again on February 16 for the gun and drug possession charges, which stem from a previous arrest in October, WJBK reported.
Abu-Rayyan was pulled over October 7, 2015, for speeding when Detroit police discovered a pistol, sleeping pills and marijuana, WDIV reported.
He purchased the .22 caliber gun two days prior to being arrested, WXYZ reported.
During the traffic stop, the officer saw Abu-Rayyan make suspicious movements and he also smelled a strong odor of marijuana.
While being questioned, he told police that he was trying to hide his gun during the traffic stop. He also said that he was open carrying at work, but forgot to put it in the trunk of the car when he left.
He pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana on January 15, WXYZ reported.
According to the affidavit, a few days after pleading guilty, Abu-Rayyan told the undercover investigator that he wanted to kill the officer who arrested him during the traffic stop.
WXYZ reported that the officer was in the hospital after suffering a heart attack.
The affidavit says Abu-Rayyan wanted to do a ‘martyrdom operation’ at the hospital and kill the police officer.