If you're going to live a quiet life away from threats of terrorism, Ohio seems like a nice place to do it, right? Not if Nuradin M. Abdi had his way.
The Somali national, who ran a cell phone business, was charged in 2003 with plotting to blow up a Columbus, Ohio, shopping mall during the busy holiday shopping season. Abdi had partnered with members of al-Qaida, a militant Islamic organization, to complete military-style training abroad and then carry out a mission that would leave potentially hundreds of Americans dead. Officials were quick to report the plot had been foiled early in the planning stages.