- Associated Press - Friday, April 10, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The imam of a Topeka mosque says a 20-year-old man accused of planning a suicide attack at Fort Riley was mentally ill and was brought to the mosque by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for counseling.

Imam Omar Hazim of the Islamic Center of Topeka said Friday that the FBI brought John T. Booker Jr. to him in early 2014.

Hazim said he met with Booker once or twice a month and gave him rides regularly to the mosque and work. He said the FBI told him Booker suffered from bipolar disorder, characterized by unusual mood shifts.

An FBI spokeswoman did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

Hazim said he questioned Booker on Tuesday, and Booker acknowledged stopping medication. Booker was arrested in the plot Friday.



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