Muslim Converts Arrested in Seattle Terror Plot

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Two converts to Islam were in police custody Friday morning in connection with a foiled terror plot on a military recruiting center in Seattle.
    
The men -- Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif and Walli Mujahidh  -- are home-grown American terrorists intent on "waking up" Muslims to defend their faith, the FBI said.

Authorities say the suspects were planning an attack similar to the 2009 Fort Hood massacre -- complete with machine guns and hand grenades.

"Why don't we all just go into there with guns blazing and just lay everybody down," one of the men reportedly said. 

Click play to watch Charlene Israel's updated report followed by comments from CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck.

"They intended a really deadly attack against our military institution, and I think it's a sad commentary our military puts itself on the line and puts their lives at risk abroad. They should be safe at home," said Jenny Durkan, U.S. attorney of the Western District of Washington.

Authorities learned of the plot earlier this month when a third person recruited to take part in the attack alerted the Seattle Police Department.

Agents set up a sting operation, arresting the men as they arrived at a warehouse to pick up machine guns. They also searched one suspect's home.

"They told me they were looking for weapons, and I told them we don't have no weapons, and they searched and they didn't have any weapon in my house," said Binta Moussa-Davis, Abdul-Latif's wife of six years.

The attackers were seeking retaliation for alleged crimes by U.S. soldiers charged with killing Afghan civilians last year.

This incident is the eighth time in the last two years that attacks have been planned or carried against military sites in the United States.

"It's the most serious threat since I've seen here, and I've been here for three years," Army Col. Anthony Wright said.

Mujahidh and Abdul-Latif have been charged with conspiracy to murder officers and employees of the United States as well as conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and possession of firearms.
    
If convicted, they could be sentenced to life in prison.  

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