A US Marine was detained after attempting to smuggle arms, ammunition, and equipment into Nebraska’s Offut Air Force Base.
Marine Private First Class Ali Al-Kazahg is currently in custody at his home base at Marine Corps Base Hawaii after the Nebraska native attempted to enter the Air Force Base with body armor, rifles, pistols, ammunition, National Firearms Act-controlled items and a now-illegal bump stock.
On leave at the time of the May 31 incident, Al-Kazahg was stopped by Security Forces at the Strategic Command gate after guards noticed that his name was on a law enforcement watchlist, just one name out of several believed to be capable of doing harm to the installation.
According to Omaha.com, a BOLO (Be On the Lookout) had been put out for Al-Kazahg a week prior by federal law enforcement and the NCIS.
NCIS reportedly claimed that the Marine had made “suspicious statements” and had been reported for suspicious activity, including flashing large amounts of cash and large-scale online weapons orders he had shipped to Nebraska.
Even prior to enlisting, Al-Kazahg was known by local law enforcement as being “dangerous,” citing “an infatuation with guns and violent acts, and…a dislike for law enforcement.”
While law enforcement agencies have been tight-lipped on the matter, Maj. Gen. Daniel Karbler, U.S. Strategic Command’s chief of staff, told members of StratCom in an unclassified message that Al-Kazahg was a credible threat.
“This service member was out to hurt people,” Karbler said. “Thank a Security Defender next time you come through the gate.”
Al-Kazahg joined the Marines on Sept. 11, 2017, and is a member of the 3rd Marine Logistics Group.
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