His parents wanted him to be a chemist, but all Munir Abdulkader could think about were knives and bombs, says the Cincinnati Enquirer. Abdulkader, praised for his intelligence in court documents, received a scholarship to Xavier University after graduating from high school in the Cincinnati suburbs. He majored in chemistry. His mother hoped he might work for Procter & Gamble. But Abdulkader had other ideas. “I really don’t like living here,” Abdulkader told a confidential government informant in 2015, according to court documents.
He pleaded guilty earlier this year to three charges related to a plot to attack a Cincinnati police station. The 22-year-old is scheduled to be sentenced this week, and prosecutors are seeking 25 years in prison and a lifetime of supervision. New court documents filed last week in federal court reveal more about Abdulkader and his plan than ever before. Government officials say he tweeted images of beheadings and support for the Islamic State terror group almost daily. Abdulkader dreamed of traveling to Syria and attained marytrdom. Officials say a prominent overseas member of ISIL directed and helped him plot to kill a government employee, film it and attack a police station in the Cincinnati area — trying to kill as many cops as possible. Officials have refused to say which police station was targeted.