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Fort Dix plot suspects charged with attempted murder

[JURIST] Additional charges, including attempted murder, were filed Tuesday against the alleged plotters of an attack on Fort Dix [official website]. The US Attorney for New Jersey declined to say why the attempted murder charge was added, but a grand jury found that there was sufficient evidence to allow the charges. In addition, the indictment accuses the plotters of scouting out other military bases including McGuire Air Force Base and Dover Air Force Base [official websites].

Last May, federal agents arrested [DOJ press release, PDF; JURIST report] Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer, Dritan Duka, Eljvir Duka, Shain Duka, Serdar Tatar, and Agron Abdullahu after 16 months of surveillance for allegedly planning an attack on Fort Dix. In October, Abdullahu pleaded guilty to lesser charges of "conspiring to provide firearms and ammunition" [press release, PDF; JURIST report] to illegal immigrants. Abdullahu, who was granted asylum in the US eight years ago after fleeing Kosovo, will likely face deportation after serving his sentence. Abdullahu's sentencing is scheduled for early February, while trials for the other men are scheduled to begin [order, PDF] this month. AP has more.

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