DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. – A Michigan man is behind bars after FBI agents say he pledged allegiance to ISIS online.
Authorities say they were watching 21-year-old Khalil Abu-Rayyan since May of 2015 after he allegedly began retweeting, liking and commenting on ISIS propaganda.
“I tried to shoot up a church one day,” he posted. “It’s one of the biggest ones in Detroit. I had it planned out. I bought a bunch of bullets. I practiced reloading and unloading.”
The complaint filed in federal court said the church could seat up to 6,000 members.
“It’s easy, and a lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus it would make the news. Everybody would’ve heard. Honestly I regret not doing it. If I can’t do jihad in the Middle East, I would do my jihad over here,” he reportedly wrote.
He also allegedly told the agent that it was “his dream to behead someone.”
Abu-Rayyan is being held on gun and drug charges. Terror charges could be added at a later date.