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An Indian citizen who studied at Ohio State University has pleaded guilty to supporting terrorism and trying to arrange the killing of a federal judge who had been overseeing his case.  Yahya Farooq Mohammad is one of four men with Ohio ties accused in 2015 of working to send money to a known al-Qaida leader. The others are awaiting trial.

Mohammad pleaded guilty Monday to providing support to terrorists and solicitation to commit a violent crime.  Prosecutors say Mohammad told another inmate in Toledo last year he wanted to have the federal judge killed.  Mohammad's attorney says the government didn't have a strong case but the 39-year-old Mohammad decided to plead guilty and accept a 27-year sentence because it was too risky to face trial and a possible life sentence.

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

A man jailed on terror-related charges pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and talked about his desire to behead people and make a bomb capable of destroying a police station, Alabama prosecutors said.

The revelations came as state authorities outlined their evidence against Aziz Sayyed, 22, during a hearing Wednesday in Huntsville.

Sayyed wanted to blow up a police building in the Huntsville area with the same type of bomb used at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on May 22, Madison County Assistant District Attorney Jay Town said at the hearing.  Sayyed also "wanted to participate in the beheading of infidels," Town said.

A defense attorney for the North Carolina native is asking a judge to set bail so the man can get out of jail, Al.com reported.

Read more:  Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Prosecutors said today the Huntsville man charged in a terrorism case on June 15, has admitted to planning and discussing planting explosives in public buildings. A court filing says his apartment had “all of the necessary materials and chemicals necessary to craft an explosive device."

The filing in the case of Aziz Sayyed, 22, follows claims by Sayyed’s attorney that he is being held illegally, because he’s been held without bond since his arrest.

But Thursday’s filing by prosecutors contends that a court can deny bond if a court or magistrate believes “the defendant being at large will pose a real and present danger to others or to the public at large.”

Read more: WHNT

The ISIS suspect who pleaded guilty to attempted terrorism in Burke County was handed a life sentence in federal court Tuesday.

Justin Sullivan pleaded guilty last year. He was arrested on June 19, 2015, and charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIL, transporting and receiving a silencer in interstate commerce with intent to commit a felony and receipt and possession of an unregistered silencer, identified by serial number.

"Those who committed terrorism are not martyrs, they are criminals," the judge said in Tuesday's sentence hearing in Asheville.

Sullivan, who called himself The Mujahid in his contacts with the Islamic State, is accused of plotting a mass killing in support of ISIL.

Read more: WBTV (Charlotte)

An officer for Bishop International Airport was stabbed Wednesday in a possible terror-related incident in Flint, Michigan, sources told NBC News.

The attacker allegedly shouted "Allahu akbar" before stabbing Lieutenant Jeff Neville, who was bleeding from the neck, sources and witnesses at Bishop International Airport said.

Neville is a member of the airport's Department of Public Safety and a retired Genesee County Sheriff’s Department lieutenant.

Law enforcement officials said the suspect is from Quebec and has a Canadian passport.

Read more: NBC News