Syrian man sentenced to 17+ years for 2019 plan to blow up Pittsburgh Church

In this Sept. 16, 2014, photo, a prisoner stands in an isolation cell in the Dane County Jail in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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UPDATED 4:57 PM PT – Thursday, November 10, 2022

A Syrian man is sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for plotting to blow up a Pennsylvania church in the name of ISIS.

24-year-old Mustafa Mousab Alowemer was handed a 208-month sentence this week after pleading guilty in September 2021 to providing material support to ISIS by attacking a church in Pittsburgh.

Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 24, plotted to bomb a local Pittsburgh church which he described as a “Nigerian Christian” church, to “take revenge for our [ISIS] brothers in #Nigeria.” https://t.co/FxOeWIR5Ob

— Alberto Miguel Fernandez (@AlbertoMiguelF5) November 9, 2022

Court documents revealed that Alowemer plotted to bomb a church on the city’s northside by using an explosive device. However, it was thwarted after he shared instructional documents with an undercover FBI agent.

The 24-year-old was reportedly born in Syria in 1998 and came to the United States in 2016 as a refugee. He graduated from Pittsburgh High School.

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