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Private First Class Naser Jason Abdo was indicted Tuesday in connection with a plot to bomb Fort Hood.
updated 8/9/2011 5:10:25 PM ET 2011-08-09T21:10:25

An AWOL soldier has been indicted on three federal charges in connection with a plot to bomb Fort Hood soldiers in Texas.

Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo was indicted Tuesday on charges of possession of an unregistered destructive device, possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition by a fugitive from justice.

The 21-year-old faces up to 10 years in prison on each charge if convicted.

Abdo was arrested two weeks ago at a Killeen motel near Fort Hood. Investigators said they found a handgun and ingredients for an explosive device.

Abdo was approved as a conscientious objector this year after citing his Muslim beliefs. But that status was put on hold after he was charged with possessing child pornography. He went absent without leave from Fort Campbell, Ky., last month.

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