A Dearborn Heights man has been accused of planning some sort of an attack on a Detroit church.
Khalil Abu-Rayyan was arrested on Drug and Gun charges but has not been “formally” charged with terrorism yet.
He was supposedly involved in making some terror threats in the name of ISIL, “according to an affidavit from the United States District Court of Michigan in federal court. He was being investigated since May of 2015”.
22-year-old Khalil Abu-Rayyan, has been under surveillance on “Social Media” and he had made the threats while in “monitored telephone conversations and electronic communications with an undercover investigator”.
On social media he made “multiple re-tweeting, liking and commenting on ISIL propaganda online, including videos of executions”.
Khalil Abu-Rayyan told the undercover investigator: “I tried to shoot up a church one day. I don’t know the name of it, but it’s close to my job. It’s one of the biggest ones in Detroit. Ya, I had it planned out. I bought a bunch of bullets. I practiced a lot with it. I practiced loading and reloading. But my dad searched my car one day and he found everything. He found the gun and the bullets and a mask I was going to wear.”
He also told the undercover investigator that he purposely targeted the church because “people are not allowed to carry guns in there.”
It was said that he had a AK-47 along with a 40 round magazine. He had told the undercover agent that it is the kind of gun that all ISIL fighters have.
On October 7th he was pulled over for speeding and he was found with a .22 pistol inside his car, without him having a Concealed Pistol License. Police Officers also noticed a very strong smell of Marijuana.
On January 15th Khalil Abu-Rayyan pleaded guilty to the charge of possessing the Marijuana that was in his car that day And he is scheduled for a Trial on a Concealed Weapon carrying charge on February 16th.