Mohamed Bailor Jalloh, an immigrant from Sierra Leone, was arrested over the weekend after purchasing a firearm for an ISIS attack on US soil.
Mohamed Bailor Jalloh (The Heavy)
Jalloh was arrested Sunday after purchasing the weapon in northern Virginia. The 26-year-old former National Guard soldier from Virginia who was considering a “Fort Hood-style” attack on a military base.
A naturalized U.S. citizen from Sierra Leone who is also a former member of the Army National Guard is the latest individual arrested for providing material support to ISIS and for attempting to purchase weapons for an attack on U.S. soil.
Mohamed Bailor Jalloh was arrested on July 3 after purchasing a firearm from a dealership in northern Virginia. Unbeknown to Jalloh, he was under FBI surveillance at time of the purchase and the weapon was disabled.
Prior to Jalloh’s arrest, according to the Justice Department, a now-deceased member of ISIS arranged a meeting in March between Jalloh and another individual in the U.S. who was a confidential human source (CHS) for the FBI. The ISIS member who arranged the meeting believed Jalloh and the CHS would help in carrying out an attack in the U.S.
Jalloh and the CHS met on two occasions in April and May during which time Jalloh explained that he quit the National Guard after listening to online lectures by Anwar al-Aulaqi. He also revealed that he spent six-months in Africa where he met with ISIS members in Nigeria and began conversations with the ISIS member who introduced him to the CHS.
Jalloh noted said that he had considered conducting an attack himself explaining that he “was close to doing so at one point.” He also praised the terrorist who murdered five U.S. military members in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the Ft. Hood terrorist.