Nasser Abdo spells out planned attack on Fort Campbell - WSMV News 4

Nasser Abdo spells out planned attack on Fort Campbell

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Before he made headlines for going AWOL and allegedly plotting an attack on Fort Hood, Nasser Abdo said he had another plan that no one knew about until now.

"Yes, Ms. Gordon, I planned an attack at Fort Campbell," said Abdo in a phone interview from jail.

In his first interview since being charged with planning to both blow up a restaurant outside Fort Hood and shoot soldiers, Abdo told Channel 4 his original target was his original post.

That target: an unnamed, high ranking official at Fort Campbell.

"On July 4, I was going to kidnap and video tape the execution of a high ranking member of my chain of command, who participated in the Afghan mission," said Abdo.

Abdo had been granted approval to leave the military based on his growing disdain for the war in Afghanistan. 

But soon after, military police charged him with possession of child pornography.

Abdo said he was set up and feels the military never planned to allow him to leave.

The soldier who once wanted freedom from the military, now wanted revenge.

"I felt like the only way to freedom or justice was martyrdom," said Abdo.

Abdo said he assembled his plan and bought a cattle prod, handcuffs, and shovels, intending to capture the official and kill him on camera, but when military police learned he was visiting gun stores near Fort Campbell, Abdo said he decided to go AWOL.

"They learned of my visits to a few gun shops, but I was already gone," he said.

Abdo said he abandoned his supplies in a dumpster on Fort Campbell Boulevard before slipping out of town.

"I still, of course, intended on going on Jihad, but my priorities had to change," said Abdo.

That's when Abdo said he planned a new attack at Fort Hood.

He said he had chosen that location because just two years earlier it became the site of the worst mass shooting on a military post.

Police said Major Nidal Malik Hasan was the gunman in that shooting that left 13 people dead and 31 others injured.

Abdo said he tried to orchestrate his own plan to blow up a restaurant and shoot soldiers at Fort Hood, an idea that ultimately brought police to his door.

"Dallas police showed up at a motel where I was residing where I attempted to recruit two more individuals for Jihad, who upon leaving immediately informed law enforcement, who showed up minutes later," said Abdo.

It's an about-face of sorts for Abdo.  He once denounced the 2009 attack on Fort Hood.

"If I could say anything to my brother Nidal Hasan, may God bless him, I would say 'Wait. I am waiting with you,'" said Abdo. 

Abdo's story conflicts with the one police told us when they first arrested him.

Police in Texas said it was the owner of the gun store where Abdo allegedly bought bomb-making materials who tipped them off.

The military can't comment because of a gag order in the investigation.

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