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North Carolina terror suspect killed in overseas drone strike

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Obama administration has acknowledged that a Raleigh man wanted on federal terrorism charges has been killed in an overseas drone strike, according to The Associated Press.

Jude Kenan Mohammad is one of four Americans confirmed as killed by drones in a letter issued Wednesday by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Mohammad was one of eight Raleigh Muslims indicted by federal authorities in 2009 as part of an alleged homegrown terror plot to attack the U.S. Marine Corps base at Quantico, Va., according to WTVD.

Mohammed was born in the United States and dropped out of Fuquay-Varina High School in 2006. He left the U.S. two years later.

He was among eight men with ties to North Carolina indicted on charges they raised money, stockpiled weapons and trained in preparation for jihadist attacks against American military and foreign targets, according to WRAL. Seven of them were arrested in Johnston County in July 2009. Mohammed, who was believed to be in Pakistan at the time, was never found.

Holder’s letter gave no details about exactly when or where Mohammad was killed.

Mohammad’s seven alleged co-conspirators all either pleaded guilty to terrorism related charges or were convicted at trial.

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