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Suspect in Mall Plot Sent for Evaluation

A federal magistrate on Wednesday ordered a man charged with plotting to blow up a shopping mall to be transferred to a federal psychiatric facility to determine if he is mentally competent. The evidence Magistrate Mark Abel used to determine why Nuradin Abdi should be sent to the facility was not disclosed publicly. Authorities have accused Abdi, 32, of plotting to blow up a mall with admitted al-Qaida member Iyman Faris, who is now imprisoned for never-acted-on plans to sabotage the Brooklyn Bridge. The indictment against Abdi, a Somali national, was unsealed Monday. The FBI said no specific mall was targeted. Authorities have a third suspect under surveillance and are trying to determine how many others might have been involved, U.S. Attorney Gregory Lockhart said earlier. Full Story

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