by the combined efforts of the federal, state and local law enforcement officers that make up the
FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.”
“The FBI remains committed to utilizing intelligence-based investigations to thwart
would-be terrorists,” said Laura Laughlin, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Seattle
Division. “This case epitomizes the value and capabilities of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task
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Force concept as a means of preventing acts of terrorism. But for the courage of the cooperating
witness, and the efforts of multiple agencies working long and intense hours, the subjects might
have been able to carry out their brutal plan.”
“This attack was foiled because of the trust and relationships the men and women of the
Seattle Police Department enjoy with our community,” said Seattle Police Chief John Diaz. “The
complainant felt safe approaching a Seattle Police Detective and, in doing so, ended the plot
intended to take innocent lives. This cooperative investigation involving local, state, and federal
partners worked exactly as intended.”
Abdul-Latif and Mujahidh are charged by complaint with conspiracy to murder officers
and employees of the United States, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction (grenades),
and possession of firearms in furtherance of crimes of violence. Abdul-Latif is also charged with
two counts of illegal possession of firearms. The defendants will make their initial
appearance on the complaint at 2:30 PM in front of Magistrate Judge Mary Alice Theiler,
on the 12th floor of the federal courthouse at 700 Stewart Street, Seattle.
Both Abdul-Latif and Mujahidh face potential sentences of life in prison if convicted of
the charges.
The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of
Washington, with assistance from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s
National Security Division. The investigation is being conducted by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism
Task Force, which has investigators from federal, state and local law enforcement. The Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) contributed significant expertise to this
investigation.