Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 21, sho pledged his allegiance to ISIS, plotted to bomb the Legacy International Worship Center in Pittsburgh’s north side as ‘revenge’ for the killings of his Muslim terrorist ‘brothers.’ He was in the process of attempting to obtain a green card to permanently remain in the United States, according to Breitbart News.
Daily Mail Alowemer, who was born in Daraa, Syria, arrived in the US in 2016 as a resettling refugee after escaping the country’s civil war. But it was not long after that he expressed his allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Alowemer allegedly wanted the Islamic State to be given credit for the bombing, not himself, and suggested leaving a note at the scene saying “We’ve arrived.”
He then is alleged to have begun planning an attack on one of several locations around Pittsburgh, including Yazidi families in the city, a Shia mosque, and US servicemen, before choosing the small church.
Legacy International Worship Center describes itself as a multicultural, ‘Christ-centered’ ministry on its website.
‘Court documents show Mustafa Alowemer planned to attack a church in the name of ISIS, which could have killed or injured many people. Fortunately, his plans were foiled by the full force of the FBI Pittsburgh Joint Terrorism Task Force,’ said FBI Assistant Director McGarrity.
When FBI officers arrested him back in June, they found a series of items used for bomb-making. These included nail polish remover, batteries, ice packs, and nails, according to the Justice Department.
Alowemer then communicated with an individual he believed to be a fellow ISIS supporter, who was in fact an undercover FBI operative. He described the church as ‘Nigerian’ and ‘mushrikeen’, an Arabic term for those who commit idolatry, and called for using a bomb big enough to ‘destroy it all’, according to a criminal complaint.