PHILADELPHIA - A Pennsylvania resident was indicted on Tuesday for soliciting jihadists online and attempting to murder a Swedish artist.
According to the indictment, Colleen R. LaRose, 46, planned to marry a terror suspect and move to Europe where she would attempt to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks for depicting the prophet Muhammad with a dog's body in one of his cartoons.
LaRose freely discussed her plans online with several suspects, one of whom has been detained in Ireland, according to a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity, The Associated Press reported.
According to the indictment, LaRose, who also called herself JihadJane and Fatima LaRose, received her orders over the Internet from terrorists she met online.
In August 2009, LaRose traveled to Europe, where she hoped to "live and train with jihadists and to find and kill" the Swedish cartoonist.
In online conversations, she said her blond hair and blue eyes would allow her freedom of movement among the Swedes.
The indictment cites a YouTube video in which she said she was "desperate to do something somehow to help" alleviate Muslim suffering.
LaRose, who converted to Islam and actively recruited others, shared online her desire to martyr herself and her impatience to accomplish the act.
Her goal would be killing her target until "I achieve it or die trying," she wrote in March 2009 to a South Asian suspect, according to the indictment.
Source: The Associated Press