Metro police charge Muslim woman with attempted terrorism
Sep 7, 2012 08:50 PM
Amal Ahmed Abdullahi, 29, was arrested Friday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
A Nashville woman was charged with attempted terrorism Friday for allegedly making statements threatening bodily injury to her coworkers.
The incident involving Amal Ahmed Abdullahi occurred at the Dell facility in south Nashville where she is employed through CEVA Logistics.
According to police, the 29-year-old allegedly told another CEVA employee last weekend that her people were dying for Allah everyday, that she was ready to die for Allah and that this whole country will soon be Muslim, among other comments.
"She said allegedly that she should pick up a gun and shoot people there," police spokesperson Don Aaron told Nashville's News 2.
Police were notified of the incident after the employee reported what was said to his supervisors.
Metro police told Nashville's News 2 they began their investigation on Thursday.
Authorities said Abdullahi initially denied the reported conversation, before later changing her story.
"During further questioning [she] ultimately admitted to having a conversation of a religious nature," Aaron said.
In a statement to Nashville's News 2, CEVA said Abdullahi was a temp worker and that the company takes employee safety very seriously.
"We investigate all safety-related incidents and when necessary contact law enforcement," the release read, in part.
Aaron added, "It's very important to emphasize that this investigation and prosecution involves one individual and is in no way reflective of Nashville's Muslim community."