Alleged Ark. Shooter Admits Al Qaeda Ties

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The man accused of the Arkansas recruiting center shooting admits his ties to al Qaeda.

Abdulhakim Muhammad opened fire at a Little Rock military recruiting center last summer, killing one soldier and wounding another.

He now admits he's guilty. He's calling the shooting a jihadi attack and claims he's a soldier of al Qaeda.

Muhammad sent a letter to the judge in his case asking to change his plea to guilty. In the two-page, handwritten letter, Muhammad claims that he is affiliated with an al-Qaeda offshoot in Yemen.

"My lawyer has no defense," Muhammad wrote in the two-page letter, dated Jan. 12. "I wasn't insane or post-traumatic nor was I forced to do this act."

Muhammad wrote that he believed the shooting was justified under Islamic law.

The FBI had been monitoring Muhammad before the shooting because of an extended trip he took to Yemen.

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