Missouri man accused of plotting ISIS attack in Kansas City

The undercover employee told Hester that the targets of the operation would include buses, trains and a train station in Kansas City. The criminal complaint was released after Hester made his initial court appearance. He used a number of Muslim aliases, including Mohammed Junaid Al Amreeki, Junaid Muhammad, and Ali Talib Muhammad.

25, was charged in U.S. District Court of Kansas City with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

A detention hearing was scheduled for Friday. "He readily participated in the preparations for an attack, provided materials and resources for an attack, and voiced his intent to carry out an attack", he outlined.

Daryl Johnson, a former analyst for the Department of Homeland Security, said the attention given to perceived threats by ISIS detract from a more realistic domestic threat.

Undercover FBI agents contacted him after he posted radical views on social media, according to a complaint filed Sunday.

During subsequent social media communications, the Federal Bureau of Investigation employee arranged for a meeting between Hester and like-minded "brothers".

One of the August 2016 posts allegedly stated "Burn in hell FBI".

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Even while his whereabouts were being electronically monitored by state authorities, according to court documents, Hester texted the agent and used an encrypted messaging application in which he once expressed his belief that the USA government should be "overthrown". When talking to the undercover agents, he actually implied that the United States was "the true terrorist", saying it would be good to strike back.

Officials said undercover agents arrested Hester after setting up a meeting in which Hester was to provide roofing nails created to be put inside pipe bombs that would "cut peoples' heads off", as an undercover agent told him.

An undercover agent said they needed nails and screws to create shrapnel for a bomb. Hester, aware that he would be prohibited from personally purchasing the ammunition because of the pending state charges, allegedly told the agent that he would seek the help of a friend and would use proceeds from an expected federal tax refund to finance the purchase.

He was arrested Friday after meeting with another undercover agent where Hester allegedly brought two boxes of roofing nails. Hester again confirmed that he was "down", the affidavit says, and that he understood they had to "lay low" and act in a manner to avoid detection.

The undercover employee said they had more backpacks that they were going to put in different locations.

Prosecutors said Hester is a Missouri-born American citizen. The complaint says that Hester was cited "for numerous violations of U.S. Army regulations" during advanced individual training, and that Hester received a general discharge from service in 2013. The documents do not name the base.

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