According to the complaint, Mujahidh admitted to FBI agents that he had planned to carry out the attack, and said he wanted to die a martyr. He allegedly said the purpose of the attack was to kill U.S. military personnel so they could not be deployed to Islamic lands.
"The complaint alleges these men intended to carry out a deadly attack against our military where they should be most safe, here at home," said United States Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. "This is a sobering reminder of our need to be vigilant and that our first line of defense is the people who live in our community. We were able to disrupt the plot because someone stepped forward and reported it to authorities. I commend the joint efforts of the FBI, the Seattle Police Department, and the Joint Terrorism Task Force who quickly recognized the seriousness of the threat and ensured the safety of the community."
According to officials, both suspects were believed to have met in prison and to have converted to Islam in prison. Court documents, however, show no record of felony convictions for Mujahihd and do not specify where the men met or when they converted.
Officials say Abdul-Latif served briefly in the U.S. Navy in 1995 and has at least two felony convictions: robbery in the first degree in 2002 and assault a year later while serving time in Washington state for the robbery.