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Marine faces military hearing over firearms allegations

HONOLULU — A Marine stationed in Hawaii faces a military hearing this week after officials say he tried to enter an Air Force base while off-duty and heavily armed in his home state of Nebraska.

Pfc. Ali Al-kazahg, 22, is in custody in Hawaii on allegations that he tried to enter Offutt Air Force Base with two semi-automatic rifles, a pistol, a silencer, a bump stock, a vest with body armor and a case of ammunition while on leave. His arrest came a week after he was listed on a law enforcement alert for making threats, The Omaha World-Herald reported.

A preliminary military court hearing at Marine Corps Base Hawaii is scheduled for Wednesday. A hearings officer is expected to recommend whether charges including carrying a concealed weapon, possessing modified firearms, making threats and fraudulent enlistment should go to court-martial.

Al-Kazahg was visiting Nebraska, where he grew up, when guards stopped his pickup May 31 at an Offutt gate after seeing his name on a law enforcement “be on the lookout” bulletin.

The World-Herald, which obtained the bulletin, reported Al-Kazahg was listed because he told another Marine he would “shoot up the battalion, starting at the barracks,” if he were disciplined for certain misconduct. He also mentioned specific Marines he wanted to target, the newspaper reported.

The bulletin said Al-kazahg didn’t make any threats against anyone in Nebraska.

Al-kazahg’s sister believes he had “zero intentions” of hurting anyone and said he had most of his belongings, including his guns, in his truck because he’d been staying with friends.

Nedhal Al-kazahy told The Associated Press from Lincoln, Nebraska, that her brother went to Offutt to work out at a gym there.
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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