The man alleged to have murdered a US soldier, William Long, and wounded another outside a Little Rock, Arkansas recruiting center apparently visited Yemen recently and was under investigation by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.
The investigation was in its preliminary stages, authorities said, and was based on the suspect's travel to Yemen and his arrest there for using a Somali passport.This doesn't appear to be an example of sudden jihad syndrome, where someone appears to snap and engage in jihad, but rather appears to have been premeditated action. Muhammad converted to Islam recently, and made his way to Yemen, which isn't exactly a tourist destination for Americans, but is a hot spot for jihadis. That's what probably got the attention of the FBI.
The suspect, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, 24, had changed his name from Carlos Leon Bledsoe after converting to the Muslim faith.
Law enforcement sources said he offered no resistance when Little Rock police arrested him today.
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