December 09, 2006

Muslim charged in shopping mall Jihad plot

A Muslim convert who talked about his desire to wage jihad against civilians was charged Friday in a plot to set off hand grenades at a shopping mall during the Christmas rush, authorities said. Investigators said Derrick Shareef, 22, of Rockford, was acting alone and never actually obtained any grenades. "He fixed on a day of December 22nd on Friday ... because it was the Friday before Christmas and thought that would be the highest concentration of shoppers that he could kill and injure," said Robert Grant, the agent in charge of the Chicago FBI office.

Here's a courtroom artist's drawing of Derrick Shareef as he appeared before a judge.