10 Terrorist Plots That Failed

The Ohio Mall Bomber
Somali national -- and cell phone business owner -- Nuradin Abdi was indicted for providing material support to terrorists who wanted to blow up an Ohio shopping mall. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via Getty Images

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.

In 2007, Abdi pled guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and was sentenced to 10 years in prison [sources: Department of Justice, Department of Justice, Horn].

More to Explore