US man admits urging attacks through Islamist websites

By REUTERS
August 10, 2011 01:25

PITTSBURGH - A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges he encouraged attacks on US targets through an Islamist militant website, the US Attorney's office said.

Prosecutors said Emerson Begolly, 22, accused of being an active moderator on an English-language forum on the Ansar al-Mujahideen website, had asked others to engage in violent acts, particularly in the United States.

Begolly was accused of suggesting the use of firearms, explosives and propane tanks in attacks on police stations, post offices, synagogues, military facilities, train lines and other targets.

"Today's guilty plea underscores the need for continued vigilance against home-grown extremism and use of the Internet to incite violence," Assistant Attorney General Lisa Monaco said in a statement.


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