Michigan man arrested after allegedly telling FBI agent he “tried to shoot up a church”

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A Dearborn Heights man is accused of planning an ISIS inspired terror attack at a Detroit church.

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.

In a conversation with an undercover agent that was obtained by WDIV, Abu-Rayyan said he wanted to attack a church near his work.

“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.

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