Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have charged Cholo Abdi Abdullah, a Kenyan man, with plotting to hijack an aircraft and attack a building in an American city, similarly to 9/11. The man is a member of the al-Shabaab terror group.

Abdullah 30, was arrested in the Philippines in 2019 while making preparations to hijack an aircraft and crash it into a building in the United States, federal prosecutors said in New York. 

Audrey Strauss, the acting U.S. attorney in Manhattan, said in a statement that, “this chilling callback to the horrific attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is a stark reminder that terrorist groups like al-Shabab remain committed to killing U.S. citizens.”

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York, an investigation showed that Abdullah was attending flight school in the Philippines. He had completed the requirements to obtain a pilot’s license.