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Report: Terror suspect originally plotted to behead prominent NY blogger


BOSTON ( -- A terrorism suspect that was shot and killed in Roslindale was reportedly originally plotting to kill a prominent New York figure.

Usaama Rahim, who was shot and killed by police Tuesday, was reportedly plotting to behead someone from New York, according to CNN.

The target was blogger Pamela Geller, CNN reported, who is now surrounded by security.

"They targeted me for violating Sharia Blasphemy laws, they mean to kill everyone who doesn't abide by their bidding and their law voluntarily," Geller told CNN.

Rahim reportedly changed his mind about Geller, saying he couldn't wait that long. He then decided to go after police. 

The 26-year-old was killed by officers in Roslindale after charging at them with a knife Tuesday.

A man connected to Rahim, David Wright, was arraigned Wednesday just after an FBI affidavit detailing the investigation into both men was released. The affidavit talked about the conversations between the two regarding the alleged plot. In court, Wright was charged with obstructing the investigation related to a plot to behead an unnamed person and target police officers. Prosecutors allege that Wright knew Rahim was planning a "violent attack in United States." Wright was deemed a flight risk and held pending a detention hearing June 19.

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Rahim's body has been returned to his family Wednesday, the same day police and religious leaders reviewed surveillance footage of the deadly shooting. They say the 26-year-old was shot three times: once in the shoulder, once in the chest and once in the abdomen. Rahim was not shot in the back and was not holding a cell phone, contrary to reports from Rahim's brother.

Police plan to show the surveillance video to Rahim's family before releasing to the public.

Rahim had been under 24-hour surveillance by the Joint Terrorism Task Force. There was an “active plot” centered around harming law enforcement officials, although it is unclear if it was operational, a source told FOX25. The plot may have been inspired by ISIS.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, called for an "independent and thorough" investigation into the shooting.


( -- FOX25 has learned that the ongoing terror investigation surrounded a plot to behead a police officer.

Officials believe the plot may have been inspired by ISIS. The terror organization is known for its brutal tactics, but also for its propaganda machine. Last fall, the FBI warned that the greatest terrorist threat against the United States comes from people that are self radicalized online.

On Tuesday, a man who had been under investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force was shot and killed by an officer and FBI agent. Police say that Usaama Rahim, 26, pulled out a large, military-style knife when approached by authorities.

Law officials have been on alert that terror groups may be targeting military personnel and police officers. A short time ago, FOX25 spoke with former Boston Police Chief Dan Linskey, who said that ISIS was instructing followers to attack local police officers if they were unable to join the group directly.