Kenyan militant, Cholo Abdi Abdullah trained for years at flight school to hijack plane in 9/11-style attack against US

 Cholo Abdi Abdullah plotted to hijack a plane and carry out another 9/11 attack, according to authorities.

Cholo Abdi Abdullah was allegedly taking orders directly from a commander in the al-Shabaab terror group, according to prosecutors.

Al-Shabaab is an Islamist group active in Somalia and Kenya as well as Yemen and whose militants have been responsible for a number of large attacks in recent years.

Abdullah was researched "information about the tallest building in a major US city," prosecutors allege.

It was not clear if any New York landmarks were listed, as was the case in the infamous 9/11 terror attack.

Prosecutors allege that Abdullah attended flight school from 2017 and 2019 in the Philippines.

There he obtained training, "ultimately completing the tests necessary to obtain his pilot's license," prosecutors alleged.

He also allegedly researched how to hijack a commercial airline, breach a cockpit door and how to obtain a US visa.

He is facing six criminal counts including multiple counts of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, conspiracy to commit aircraft piracy and conspiracy to kill US citizens.

According to charging documents, obtained by NBC, Abdullah has been in custody in the Philippines since July 1 2019.

He is expected to appear in federal court in New York on Wednesday.

The news comes just days after eight alleged al-Shabaab terrorists were killed and two were wounded in a US airstrike in southern Somalia.

The people killed in the attack, which took place near the town of Jilib on December 10, were reportedly explosives experts working for the group.

Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for or is suspected or carrying out attacks that have killed hundreds of people in recent years.

In December 2019, at least 90 people were killed when a suicide truck bomber detonated a device at a busy checkpoint in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

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