Arkansas Recruiting Center Shooter Claims Ties to Al-Qaeda in Yemen

(CNN) Abdul Hakim Muhammad, formerly known as Carlos Bledsoe, is charged with killing Pvt. William Long and wounding Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula on June 1, 2009, at a recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas. In a letter to the judge dated Jan. 12, Muhammad said he did not want a trial and insisted the shooting was "justified" under jihad. He claimed he had links to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, a group that has claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas Day.

2010-01-27 08:31:10

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