Daniel Patrick Boyd is a suspected terror jihadist. He is a U.S. citizen and alleged to be part of a group in North Carolina who planned to wage “violent jihad.” Known as Saifullah, meaning “Sword of the god,” his wife says he believes the U.S. is a country of heathens.
While Boyd’s wife Sabrina denied the charges against her husband, as well as the charges against two of their sons, she and her sister-in-law told authorities that their husbands believe the United States is a country of “kafirs,” the Arabic word for “heathens.”
Seven men are under arrest, each facing charges of providing material support to terrorism. Each can face life in prison if convicted. Two of the Boyd’s sons, Zakariya (Zak) 20 and Dylan (Mohammad) 22, are charged and under arrest. In addition to the Boyd family, arrested suspects are Anes Subasic 33, Mohammad Omar aly Hassan 22, and Ziyad Yaghi 21. All are U.S. citizens.
One native of Kosovo with permanent U.S. legal status is under arrest: Hysen Sherifi 24. Sherifi is the only person charged who is not a U.S. citizen.
An unnamed defendant, identified as a “U.S. citizen who went to Pakistan in October 2008 to “engage in violent jihad,” is still at large.
All are charged with supporting terrorism between the dates of November 9, 2006 and July 2009.
Sabrina Boyd said her husband was in Afghanistan fighting the Soviets “with the full backing of the U.S. government.”
Boyd, a U.S. citizen, trained in Afghanistan and fought there between 1989 and 1992 before returning to the United States. Court documents charged that Boyd, also known as ‘Saifullah,’ encouraged others to engage in jihad. Court records indicate Boyd was a veteran of terrorist training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan who fought against the Soviet Union.
The suspects face charges of providing material support to terrorism and “conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons abroad.
It is alleged that the terrorist ring prepared to become “mujihadeen” and to die “shahid” or as martyrs furthering the cause of jihad. The group held fast to the belief that “fard ayn” or that violent jihad is the responsibility and requirement of every good Muslim. The group was committed to teaching and preparing others overseas for furthering jihad, as well as finding young converts to join their cause.
The indictment alleges that on March 11, 2006, “Saifullah” or Daniel Patrick Boyd traveled to Gaza and attempted to introduce his sons to others who believed in violent jihad. On October 7, 2006, Ziyad Yaghi left the United States and traveled to Jordan to engage in violent Jihad. On November 9, 2006, Saifullah, or Daniel Patrick Boyd, purchased a Bushmaster M4 A3 16 inch patrolman carbine rifle and an ETA M16 V System C-MAG magazine. On February 21, 2007, Daniel Boyd, then purchased airline tickets for his son Zak, Zakariya Boyd as well as himself to Israel.
Boyd purchased another weapon, on March 13, 2007: a Ruger mini 14 long gun. Several weeks later, on March 29, 2007, he purchased another airline ticket to Israel, this one for his son “Mohamed” or Dylan Boyd. More tickets to Israel were purchased somewhere near April 3, 2007, this time for Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan and for Ziyad Yaghi.
The Boyds are described by shocked neighbors as “unassuming lakeside” residents of Raleigh, N.C., running a drywall business and walking their dogs. “Their kids played with our kids” said one.
Hysen Sherifi Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan
FOX News reports that Patrick Boyd and an unnamed brother were convicted in 1991 of bank robbery in Pakistan and sentenced to have a foot and a hand cut off. The two men were alleged to be members of Hezb-e-Islami (Party of Islam). The group is considered a radical Afghan guerilla group. The sentence was later over-turned.