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Marine who threatened to ‘shoot up’ battalion arrested with guns, body armor at Nebraska AFB

Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Nebraska (Code36/WikiCommons)
June 19, 2019

On May 31, a 22-year-old Marine was arrested after he attempted to enter Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska while heavily armed following shooting threats he made.

Pfc. Ali Al-Kazahg is detained at his home base Marine Corps Base Hawaii after security guards and special investigation agents discovered two semi-automatic rifles, a pistol, a silencer, a bump stock, a vest with body armor, and a case of ammunition in his pickup truck, the Omaha World-Herald reported on Saturday.

Al-Kazahg has not been charged, but an investigation is underway by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to determine what his intentions were there.

While Al-Kazahg was on leave in his hometown of Nebraska, he tried to enter the Offutt though its StratCom gate, but after he presented his military identification, security guards discovered that he was on the police watch list. In addition, Al-Kazahg had been placed on a “lookout” notice as a security threat by federal, state and local law enforcement.

Al-Kazahg was placed on the “lookout” notice a week prior to his arrest after he shared with a fellow Marine at his home base that he would “shoot up the battalion, starting at the barracks,” if he were disciplined for certain misconduct.

Al-Kazahg was reported to have made “suspicious statements, suspicious activity, and had shown various people large amounts of cash” and an online order he had placed for body armor, magazines, weapons parts, holsters and medical supplies, all to be shipped to a Nebraska address,” the Omaha World-Herald stated.

However, nothing on his social media indicated anger or indicated that he is politically or religiously motivated. His Twitter account has been inactive for several years and has a meager 10 followers. His Instagram account displays some photos of himself and weapons, but appears to do so in a prideful manner, the Omaha World-Herald said.

He recently posted a YouTube video showing himself and other Marines in a joint military training exercise in Thailand where they consumed the blood of a cobra and scorpions. In the video, Al-Kazahg said, “Drinking the cobra’s blood was pretty fun.”

Prior to joining the Marine Corps, the Lincoln Police Department cautioned that Al-Kazahg was “dangerous, has an infatuation with guns and violent acts, and has a dislike for law enforcement,” the Omaha World-Herald said.

Al-Kazahg joined the Marines in September 2017 and was later assigned to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in August 2018.