MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - According to testimony in federal court Tuesday, a Twin Cities man accused of trying to join ISIS bragged about being able to make a rocket launcher that could reach planes coming and going from the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport.
An FBI agent claims 20-year-old Abdirizak Warsame of Eagan was recorded telling a friend that he knew how to make rocket-propelled grenades, and that he had the materials at home to do so. He shared the information with a friend, who was also an FBI informant, as they walked around Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis and watched planes come and go.
The FBI agent also testified that Warsame used to work at the airport as a baggage handler. A spokesperson with Minneapolis St. Paul Airport confirmed that Warsame worked for Integrated Deicing from December 2013 to April 2014 and for aircraft fueling company Swissport from April 2014 to August 2014.
Warsame isn’t the only Minnesota terror suspect to once work at the airport, the Fox 9 investigators found that three men—who have all since died fighting for terrorist organizations—worked at airport jobs and were granted security clearance.
Warsame is being held on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization.