Police arrest man plotting a church shooting in Detroit

It was just announced that Detroit Police and the FBI arrested a person who in support of Islamc State Militants had planned to attack a Detroit church. Police received a tip about the person and contacted the FBI for a joint investigation. The man had been under constant FBI surveillance recently due to growing concern about threats he made against the church, police officers and others in support of Isis.

DETROIT (AP) – Authorities have arrested a 21-year-old Michigan man whom they accuse of supporting Islamic State militants and plotting to attack a Detroit church.

Khalil Abu-Rayyan, of Dearborn Heights, appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court in Detroit and remains jailed pending a Monday hearing. He hasn’t been charged with terrorism-related crimes but has been investigated since May and faces marijuana and gun charges.

U.S. attorney’s office spokeswoman Gina Balaya said Saturday that Abu-Rayyan will have a court-appointed attorney at the hearing, but she doesn’t know who it would be. She said Abu-Rayyan had been under constant FBI surveillance recently due to growing concern about threats he made against the church, police officers and others in support of IS.

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