Terrorists? Two-bit thugs? Or innocent? The Detroit Free Press says those are the questions surrounding the dozen men described as radical fundamentalists charged in a criminal conspiracy that includes firearms and stolen goods offenses. Prosecutors warned of possible retaliation for the killing of a mosque group’s leader, Luqman Ameen Abdullah. FBI agents killed Abdullah, 53, during a Wednesday raid and shootout at a warehouse.
“We know from his conduct yesterday that violence was intended,” U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg said. Defense attorneys scoffed at a 43-page affidavit that highlights Abdullah’s alleged hatred of government and police agencies and call for a jihad. “I don’t see any terrorism charges,” said defense attorney Robert Kinney, who represents one suspect. “Terrorism is a very serious charge.” Said Detroit FBI agent in charge Andrew Arena: “I’m comfortable with what the agents did. They did what they had to do to protect themselves.”