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Lone wolf or part of an organization?
A New York business owner from Yemen plotted vengeance attacks against members of the U.S. military for American actions overseas and Shiite Muslims over the civil war in Syria, according to federal authorities.
Federal authorities said in court papers that Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, bought two handguns and two silencers as part of a plan to kill members of the U.S. armed forces returning from war, as well as Shiites in the Rochester area.
Elfgeeh was arrested last week and is facing two counts of receiving and possessing an unregistered firearm silencer.
During the investigation Elfgeeh’s home computer was linked to tweets from alias Twitter accounts expressing support for al-Qaida, violent holy war and Sunni insurgent groups in Syria, according to court papers.
According to reports in the U.S media the FBI gave an informant a Walther PPK .32-calibre handgun and a Glock 26, 9 mm handgun, both with functional silencers affixed to the barrels, two boxes of .32-calibre ammunition, and two boxes of 9-millimeter ammunition, according to the affidavit.
Elfgeeh, a naturalized U.S. citizen who operates Halal Mojo and Food Mart in Rochester, paid the informant $1,050 in the transaction completed Saturday afternoon and was immediately arrested for possession of the silencers not registered in his name.