Man pleads guilty to plotting terror attack in Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) - A man pleaded guilty to plotting an attack on a Seattle military complex with machine guns and grenades.
Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, 35, agreed to a prison sentence between 17 and 19 years, the US attorney's office in Seattle said on Thursday. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder US officers and conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and is scheduled to be sentenced in March.
Abdul-Latif was arrested June 22, 2011, along with an acquaintance from Los Angeles, when authorities said they arrived at a Seattle warehouse garage to pick up machine guns and grenades to use in the attack. Investigators had set up the buy after a confidential informant alerted authorities of the men's plan.
In conversations the FBI recorded with the help of the informant, Abdul-Latif and his co-defendant, Walli Mujahidh, discussed how they wanted to gun down people in the Military Entrance Processing Station in south Seattle as revenge for atrocities by US soldiers in Afghanistan, prosecutors said. The military complex houses a federal daycare center.