- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 11, 2009

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. | The Muslim convert accused of killing a soldier outs ide an Army recruiting center said Wednesday he is not aware of any similar attacks planned against the military on American soil.

Abdulhakim Muhammad of Little Rock told the Associated Press that FBI agents visited him in the Pulaski County Jail and asked if other attacks were planned. Mr. Muhammad said he told the agents he didn’t know of any specific plans, but he warned of danger ahead.

“I don’t know anything that’s in the works,” Mr. Muhammad said in a collect telephone call from the jail. “We’re not going to turn the other cheek. It’s definitely not the end of it.”

Mr. Muhammad called the AP to follow up on a Tuesday phone call that ended when a guard said it was time to return to his cell. Wednesday’s call also ended abruptly.

In a Tuesday interview with the AP, Mr. Muhammad, 23, said he didn’t consider the June 1 killing a murder because U.S. military action in the Middle East made the killing justified.

“I do feel I’m not guilty,” he said in another collect call. “I don’t think it was murder, because murder is when a person kills another person without justified reason.”

Mr. Muhammad’s father, Melvin Bledsoe, on Wednesday told Little Rock television station KATV that his son desperately needed help for what appeared to be a mental illness.

“Anyone with any common sense at all can look into his face or hear the words coming out of his mouth and know this is not normal,” Mr. Bledsoe said. “This is an unstable kid and he needs some medical attention.”

Pvt. William Andrew Long, 23, of Conway, had just completed basic training and was volunteering at the west Little Rock recruiting office before starting an assignment in South Korea. He was fatally shot while smoking a cigarette outside the building, and a fellow soldier, Pvt. Quinton I. Ezeagwula, 18, of Jacksonville, was wounded.

An FBI-Homeland Security intelligence assessment document obtained by the AP last week suggested the gunman may have considered targeting other locations, including Jewish and Christian sites in several Eastern U.S. cities.

c Jon Gambrell and Chuck Bartels contributed to this report.


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