Source: Foxnews, By Pilar Arias, November 3, 2023
Jordanian national Sohaib Abuayyash arrested in Texas and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm
Authorities in Texas have arrested a man accused of “studying how to build bombs” for a possible attack against Jewish people, and the FBI director used his case as an example of increased risk of terror attacks in the U.S.
“We’ve already seen that with the individual we arrested last week in Houston who had been studying how to build bombs and posted online his support for killing Jews,” FBI Director Chris Wray said during a congressional hearing this week.
The man he was referring to is 20-year-old Sohaib Abuayyash, FOX 26 confirmed from an FBI source. The FBI referred Fox News Digital to the publicly filed court documents, which show Abuayyash was in the country illegally.
Court documents obtained by the TV station say the Jordanian national arrived in the U.S. on June 2, 2016, on a B2 tourism visa and left about two months later.
A public defender for Abuayyash declined to comment to Fox News Digital.
Abuayyash previously allegedly posted several images and videos of him training with firearms on social media accounts.
According to CBS News, the judge’s order that detained Abuayyash states that he “has made statements that he wants to go to Gaza to fight.”
“Here in the United States our most immediate concern is that violent extremist individuals or small groups will draw inspiration from the events in the Middle East to carry out attacks against Americans going about their daily lives,” Wray said, according to Houston Public Media.