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Columbus Has Been Home to Terror Suspects

Updated: Friday, April 19 2013, 09:35 PM EDT
COLUMBUS -- As the nation watches the events following the Boston Marathon bombings, many in central Ohio are reminded of local terrorism suspects arrested made before potential attacks were carried out.

Three men have been convicted of terrorism in central Ohio since the 9/11 attacks. The men knew each other prior to their arrests, according to court records.

Aboul Malek Kenyata, a former high school gymnast from Worthington, was convicted of meeting with members of al-Qaeda for training purposes.

Kenyata, who changed his name from Christopher Paul after converting to Islam, was arrested in Columbus and convicted of conspiracy to use bombs. He is now serving a 20 year prison sentence.

Nuradin Abdi was convicted of plotting to blow up an unidentified Columbus mall. The Somali native had many family members in Columbus at the time of the plot. He is currently serving a 10 year prison sentence.

Former Columbus truck driver Iman Faris -- who, like Kenyata, is believed to have been involved with al-Qaeda -- was convicted for his role in a plot to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Faris is serving a 20 year prison sentence.

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Reporter: Carol Luper
Web Producer: Ken HinesColumbus Has Been Home to Terror Suspects


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