Feds make terror arrest in Boston

Feds make terror arrest in Boston

BOSTON (AP) - A 27-year-old Massachusetts man has been charged with conspiring with others to carry out terror attacks against shoppers in U.S. malls and against U.S. military in Iraq.

Authorities in Boston say Tarek Mehanna of Sudbury sought training in terrorist training camps and worked with others from 2001 to May 2008 on the conspiracy "kill, kidnap, maim or injure" people in foreign countries and to kill prominent U.S. politicians.

Federal prosecutors say Mehanna and his conspirators tried to get automatic weapons for a mall attack, but their plans were foiled when they could not get the weapons.

Mehanna's attorney, J.W. Carney Jr., did not immediately return calls for comment.

Mehanna was arrested last year for allegedly lying about a man who trained with al-Qaida members with the goal of overthrowing the Somali government.

Meanwhile, a federal judge in Ohio has sentenced a man to 20 years in prison for a terrorist plot that the government said targeted U.S. troops.

Mohammad Amawi had faced up to life in prison.

Amawi is the first defendant to be sentenced in the case. He and two other men were found guilty last year of plotting to recruit and train terrorists to kill American soldiers in Iraq.

Defense lawyers say the three were set up by an undercover FBI informant.

In sentencing Amawi on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge James Carr said the informant sought the men out. Without his involvement, the judge says the trio was less likely to connect.

One of the other men, Marwan El-Hindi, was scheduled to begin his sentencing hearing Wednesday.

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