Army: AWOL soldier admits to Fort Hood attack plan

July 28, 2011 - 3:00 PM
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FILE In this Nov. 7, 2009 file photo, Todd Spittler of Houston pays his respects to the victims of the Fort Hood shooting at the main gate of Fort Hood. The FBI says bomb-making materials were found in the motel room of an AWOL soldier arrested near Fort Hood, Texas. Agency spokesman Erik Vasys says Thursday, July 28, 2011, that firearms, gunpowder and bomb-making components were removed from Pfc. Naser Abdo's motel room in Killeen. Vasys says the FBI will charge Abdo with possessing bomb-making components. He's in police custody. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Sonya N. Hebert, File) **MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES; MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; AP MEMBERS ONLY**

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — An alert issued by the Army says an AWOL Muslim soldier who had weapons stashed in a motel room near Fort Hood has admitted planning an attack on the Texas post.

The email alert sent to all Army units Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press says the man arrested by Killeen police a day earlier had a large quantity of ammunition, weapons and a bomb inside a backpack.

It says he admitted under questioning to planning an attack on Fort Hood.

The FBI plans to charge Pfc. Naser Abdo (AB'-doh) with possessing bomb-making materials after gunpowder and other items were found in his nearby Killeen motel room.

Fort Hood is the same post where 13 died in 2009 in the worst mass shooting ever on a U.S. military installation.