Thwarted Fort Riley Attacker Gets 30 Years

John Booker, the 22-year old Kansas man who tried to detonate what he thought was a car bomb outside Fort Riley in 2015, was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison.

When he pleaded guilty in February, he acknowledged that he wanted to kill Americans and participate in jihad to support the Islamic State group.

Booker intended to detonate the bomb, which he believed contained 1,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate, and die in the process, prosecutors said.

Booker had previously been unsuccessful in his attempt to enlist in the US Army. In case there was any doubt as to his motivations:

In a video he made for Americans to see after his planned death, Booker said “You sit in your homes and think this war is just over in Iraq. Today we will bring the Islamic State straight to your doorstep.”

Booker is one of 14 civilians — and multiple US troops and veterans — who have been motivated by their Islamic faith to attack the US military.

Prior incidents by US troops:

Fourteen civilians or veterans similarly planned to attack or did attack US troops, motivated by their Islamic faith:

 

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