WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu June 21, 2012
Texas Man Indicted for Threats Made to Tennessee Mosque
Federal authorities have charged a Texas man with a bomb threat timed to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that targeted a mosque being built in Tennessee. Two indictments were filed Thursday in Nashville against 24-year-old Janier Alan Correa of Corpus Christi.
Authorities said in a release that Correa is accused of calling the mosque in Murfreesboro last September and leaving an expletive-riddled message that said there would be a bomb in the building on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Correa is also charged with violating the civil rights of the members of the mosque by using a threat of force to interfere with the free exercise of religious belief.
The mosque has been at the center of a fierce debate since 2010. Opponents recently prevailed in a court case that challenged its construction.
The FBI and other federal officials plan to make an announcement at a news conference today at the new Islamic Center under construction in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The US Attorney and representatives from the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are scheduled to speak at 1pm.
Officials from those agencies declined to release any further details ahead of today's announcement.
The FBI and ATF has been investigating the 2010 arson of construction equipment at the mosque.