Ohio man pleads not guilty to plotting military base attack

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man accused of plotting to attack a military base or prison after returning to the U.S. from terrorist training in Syria has pleaded not guilty.

A federal indictment says Columbus resident Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud (ab-DEE'-RAH'-mahn shayk moh-HAH'-mud) left the country a year ago to train and fight with terrorists in Syria.

Mohamud is charged with supporting terrorism, supporting a terrorist group and making a false statement involving international terrorism. He pleaded not guilty at a hearing Friday.

Mohamud's attorney says the charges were expected.

The indictment says Mohamud weighed which extremist group in Syria was more effective before his travels.

The indictment also says Mohamud talked about going to a military base in Texas on his return to kill soldiers with a backup plan to attack a prison.

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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2015 file photo, Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, left, speaks with his defense attorney, Sam Shamansky, during a hearing to set bond on charges of money laundering and providing support for terrorism in Columbus, Ohio. A Thursday, April 16 indictment says Mohamud left the country a year ago to train and fight with terrorists in Syria. The indictment says Mohamud, who was arrested in Columbus earlier this year, weighed which extremist group in Syria was more effective before his travels. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)
This undated photo provided by Franklin County Sheriff’s Office shows Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud. Mohamud is due in court on charges of supporting terrorism and money laundering over the past year and a half. A prosecutor's motion to set a $2.5 million bond for Mohamud alleges he provided material support or resources or electronic devices to people engaged in Middle East terrorism and traveled there. (AP Photo/Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)
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