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    Soldier Charged for Ft. Hood Bomb Plot

    Pfc. Naser Abdo, the AWOL soldier who was caught on Thursday with possession of a weapon and bomb in his backpack near Fort Hood, has been charged in federal court for plotting an attack on the Texas base. Investigators found bomb-making components in Abdo's motel room, including six bottles of smokeless gunpowder, shotgun shells, clocks, and a how-to article titled "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom." Officials say Abdo admitted to planning to bomb a restaurant frequented by troops from Fort Hood, where American-Islamic psychiatrist Nidal Hasan killed 13 service members in a December 2009 shooting rampage. Abdo refused to stand during Friday's court hearing, but shouted Hasan's name as he left the room. According to his lawyers, Abdo "reclaimed" his Muslim faith after entering the military in 2009 and wrote about Hasan's bombing in an essay, calling the attack  “an act of aggression by a man and not by Islam.” If convicted, Abdo faces 10 years in prison.

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