AWOL soldier defiant in 1st court appearance

WACO, Texas (AP) - An AWOL soldier accused of plotting to launch an attack on Fort Hood is being held without bond.

Federal prosecutors charged 21-year-old Pfc. Naser Abdo (AB'-doh) with possessing an illegal firearm during his court hearing on Friday. Abdo was defiant in court and shouted out the name of the man accused in the 2009 deadly shooting rampage at the same Texas Army base.

Court documents released Friday say investigators found two clocks, spools of auto wire, ammunition and a handgun in Abdo's backpack.

The documents say he planned to construct two bombs in the motel room using gunpowder and shrapnel packed into pressure cookers and then detonate the explosives at a restaurant frequented by soldiers.

Abdo's court-appointed attorney did not plan on commenting on the case Friday.


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