'Kenyan militant trained for years at flight school to hijack plane in 9/11-style attack against US'

AN ALLEGED Kenyan jihadi pilot plotted to hijack a plan and carry out another 9/11 attack.

Cholo Abdi Abdullah was allegedly taking orders directly from a commander in the al-Shabaab terror group, according to prosecutors.

Al-Shabaab is an Islamist group active in Somalia and Kenya as well as Yemen and whose militants have been responsible for a number of large attacks in recent years.

Abdullah was conducting research on skyscrapers as potential targets, officials said.

It was not clear if any New York landmarks were listed, as was the case in the infamous 9/11 terror attack.

Abdullah is expected to appear in federal court in New York on Wednesday and he is facing multiple criminal counts.

Who are al-Shabaab?

Al-Shabaab is an Islamist group founded in 2006 and active in Somalia and Kenya as well as Yemen.

The group's name means "The Youth" in Arabic.

It has been designated a terrorist organisation by several governments, including the US, UK, Malaysia, and UAE.

The US State Department also has open bounties out on several senior commanders, including one for $6million (£4.5million) on leader Ahmad Umar.

The latest estimates suggests the group has between 7,000 and 9,000 troops.

The group's militants have been responsible for several deadly attacks in recent years.

In October 2017, two truck bombings in Mogadishu, one of which caused the collapse of a hotel, killed at least 587 and injured more than 300.

The attack was the deadliest in Somalia's history.

The group was also responsible for a gun attack on the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, Kenya, in which 67 people died.

The news comes just days after eight alleged al-Shabaab terrorists were killed and two were wounded in a US airstrike in southern Somalia.

The people killed in the attack, which took place near the town of Jilib on December 10, were reportedly explosives experts working for the group.

Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for or is suspected or carrying out attacks that have killed hundreds of people in recent years.

In December 2019, at least 90 people were killed when a suicide truck bomber detonated a device at a busy checkpoint in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

In October 2017, two truck bombings in Mogadishu, one of which caused the collapse of a hotel, killed at least 587 and injured more than 300.

The attack was the deadliest in Somalia's history.

Al-Shabaab was also responsible for a gun attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in which 67 people died.

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