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ATLANTA -- FBI agents have arrested two Alabama men accused of plotting to wage violent jihad in Africa.
Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair and Randy Wilson, also known as Rasheed Wilson, both 25 and U.S. citizens, were arrested on terrorism charges.
Prosecutors say they planned to travel to Mauritania in West Africa to prepare to engage in jihad.
Wilson was arrested Tuesday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as he prepared to begin a journey to Morocco. Abukhdair was arrested in Augusta at a bus terminal, where he was also beginning a trip to Morocco.
Investigators say the men met online two years ago when Wilson was living in Mobile and Abukhdair was living in Egypt. Last year, they were introduced to someone who turned out to be an undercover FBI operative. Court documents say they explained that they had already formulated a plan to wage jihad overseas.
Earlier this year, court documents say, the two thought they detected FBI surveillance, so they threw their laptop computers into Mobile Bay and opened a men's fragrance store to make it appear they had no plans to leave the country. But the actual FBI surveillance continued until they were arrested.
The fragrance store closed after four months because of lack of business.