Man who planned Seattle attack jailed

AFP-JIJI

A man was jailed for 18 years Monday for planning to attack a military recruiting center with machineguns and grenades, as prosecutors thanked the local Muslim community for helping foil the plot.

Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, 34, was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release following his prison term after he pleaded guilty to the 2011 plot.

“Countless innocent people targeted by Mr. Abdul-Latif are safe thanks to the vigilance of Seattle’s Muslim community and the dedicated work of law enforcement partners,” said Laura Laughlin, the FBI’s Seattle office boss.

Abdul-Latif “planned to use grenades and machineguns to attack recruits” at the base in south Seattle in June 2011, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington said.