Kansas man accused of plotting suicide bomb attack in court

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 20-year-old Kansas man accused of planning a suicide attack at Fort Riley has waived his right to a detention hearing, meaning he’ll remain jailed on federal charges.

Federal prosecutors say John Booker Jr., of Topeka, was arrested Friday while trying to arm what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb near the Kansas military base. Prosecutors say he told an FBI informant that he wanted to kill Americans and engage in violent jihad on behalf of the Islamic State group.

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John T. Booker
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The soft-spoken Booker made his first court appearance later Friday in Topeka. He answered basic questions and corrected the spelling of his alias, Muhammad Abdullah Hassan.

Prosecutors say they’ll take the case to a grand jury next week.

His public defender, Kirk Redmond, declined comment after the brief hearing.

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