U.S. authorities believe they have broken up a plot to attack the Fort Hood base after the arrest on Wednesday a soldier who found with him firearms and ”items that could be identified as bomb-making components , near the base of Fort Hood, Texas.
The young 21 year old man was arrested at a motel in Killeen, less than two kilometers from the military base, said Thursday the local police at a news conference.
"We interviewed and the information we collected lead us to believe that it was the military personnel was targeted," said the police chief of Killeen, Dennis Baldwin, adding that the military had not yet been charged.
21 years old and from near Dallas, this soldier was granted conscientious objector in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2010, arguing that Muslim beliefs prevented him from participating in the military conflict in any whatsoever.
He is detained in Killeen pending federal charging documents. It is also subject to a separate charge for child pornography.
He had disappeared during the weekend of July 4 from its base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Police were alerted this week by employees of an armory in Killeen, where the young man had alerted them in providing among other things, gunpowder and ammunition.
Police say the suspect charged the project would be classified as a "terrorist plot".
There is no evidence that he had accomplices, said an FBI special agent.
Fort Hood has been the scene of a massacre in 2009 which resulted in 13 deaths. A military psychiatrist accused in this case, the commander Nidal Hasan Malik, to appear next year in court-martial.