Inside a former Kansas teacher’s ‘terror plot’ after she ‘planned attack on college and tried to fake her own death’

HORRIFYING details about the case of an American woman who allegedly plotted to kill innocent people in shocking attacks have emerged, as she faces trial tomorrow for supporting terrorism.

Allison Elizabeth Fluke-Ekren, 42, helped train children and women with suicide belts and machine guns, planned horrific attacks on American students and at American malls, and even faked her own death to avoid arrest, according to the federal government.

Fluke-Ekren planned and recruited agents for a planned attack on a US college campus, the complaint allegesCredit: AP
She moved to Egypt in 2008 and returned to the United States often until 2011 when she moved permanentlyCredit: 4 Kansas Kids

The DOJ issued a press release on Saturday announcing that Fluke-Ekren is accused of providing and conspiring to provide material support to the designated terrorist organization which is the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, also known as the name of ISIS.

Authorities say Fluke-Ekren, who was known to go by a series of names including Umm Mohammed al-Amriki, Umm Mohammed and Umm Jabril, left the United States in 2008 for Egypt and emigrated to Libya and then Syria. around 2012 with her husband, an ISIS sniper trainer.

The couple “were smuggled into Syria because the terrorist organization Ansar al-Sharia was no longer carrying out attacks in Libya and Fluke-Ekren wanted to engage in violent jihad,” a witness reportedly told investigators.

Fluke-Ekren and her husband reportedly brought $15,000 to Syria to purchase weapons, grenades and other military supplies. She has been involved in a wide range of activities on behalf of ISIS since at least 2014, prosecutors say.

After her husband was killed in an airstrike in early 2016 while attempting a terror attack, she married a Bangladeshi ISIS operative later that year, who died shortly after their marriage. Fluke-Ekren later married a “prominent” ISIS military leader, the complaint says.

A blog titled “4 Kansas Kids” created to “share the adventures of the Fluke-Ekren family” appears to show photos of Fluke-Ekren and her children, smiling in front of Egyptian pyramids and playing in the snow in the rural Midwest circa 2010 .

A witness told FBI agents that on one occasion they saw one of Fluke-Ekren’s sons, who she said was around 5 or 6 years old, holding a machine gun during a visit to her home. home, which often had assault rifles.

She is accused of being the leader and organizer of an Islamic State military battalion, known as Khatiba Nusaybah, to train women in the use of AK-47 assault rifles. automatic, grenades and suicide belts.

Additionally, Fluke-Ekren reportedly provided services to ISIS and ISIS operatives, including accommodation, translation of speeches by ISIS leaders, training children in use of AK-47 assault rifles and suicide belts and teaching extremist Islamic State doctrine.

ARMED CHILDREN WITH GRENADE

She also discussed a plan with a witness in 2014 to attack a college in the United States by planting a backpack with explosives, justifying the attack as retaliation for children who died in US airstrikes.

A witness said the mother said the idea was born out of a desire for ‘revenge’ after children were killed when a market in Syria was bombed by airstrikes she blamed on states -United.

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An Islamic State leader approved funding for the attack, but it was put on hold after Fluke-Ekren learned she was pregnant, the report said.

Fluke-Ekren also reportedly discussed attacking a mall in the United States using a device to detonate a vehicle full of explosives in the parking lot, but she was unable to proceed with the plan due to the opposition from her husband, according to the complaint.

According to the complaint, the family member said that, despite her husband’s resistance, Fluke-Ekren “admitted that she fantasized about carrying out other attacks” and “considered any attack that did not kill a large number of people.” ‘individuals as a waste’. of resources. »

As alleged by the same witness, she was told that she would hear about outside attacks taking place in countries other than the United States and that she wished the attack had occurred on American soil instead. .

A family member of Fluke-Ekren also described her as a “jihadist” and a “member of the Islamic State”, telling investigators that she “doesn’t like America or Americans”.

PLOTTED HORROR ATTACKS

To prevent the US government from finding her, Fluke-Ekren messaged one of her family members through a third party saying she was dead, according to a witness who learned of it in 2018. .

Court documents say Fluke-Ekren was apprehended in Syria before being transferred to FBI custody in the Eastern District of Virginia on Friday, but it’s unclear when she was captured or how long she was held in custody. Syria.

She was flown back to the United States on Friday to face charges in federal court.

A pair of assistant U.S. attorneys named Raj Parekh and John T. Gibbs from the Eastern District of Virginia are pursuing the case.

“Fluke-Ekren has been a strong supporter of the radical Islamic State terrorist ideology for many years, having traveled to Syria to commit or support violent jihad,” Parekh said in a note Friday.

Fluke-Ekren is scheduled to appear in federal court in Alexandria, Va., at 2 p.m. Monday, where she will likely be appointed as an attorney.

Fluke-Ekren is accused of providing and conspiring to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

If found guilty, she faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Actual sentences for federal crimes are generally lower than the maximum sentences.

Prosecutors believe Fluke-Ekren moved to Syria around 2012 with her husband, an Islamic State sniper trainer.  File photo above
Prosecutors believe Fluke-Ekren moved to Syria around 2012 with her husband, an Islamic State sniper trainer. File photo aboveCrédit : Getty Images – Getty

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