Man Confesses To ‘Jihad Operation' Murder In Nashville
by Jeff Tang
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A former TSU student on trial for murder in Arkansas said he killed a man in East Nashville in 2006.
Abdulhakim Muhammad is accused of killing one Army soldier and wounding another outside a military recruiting station in 2009. He's now confessed to shooting a Nashville man as part of a "Jihad Operation."
The father of Carlos Bledsoe believes his son became an extremist Muslim during his time in Nashville.
Carlos, who changed his name to Abdulhakim Muhammad, is accused of murdering an army private and wounding another in Arkansas two years ago.
But, in a letter to an Arkansas Judge, Muhammad confesses to another murder, an East Nashville man in 2006.
"The letter was sent to us immediately after it was discovered and our cold case detectives will be going to interview him to see how much he knows about the case to see if he was involved," said Metro Police Spokesperson Kristin Mumford.
Muhammad claims he shot the two soldiers to protest the US War in Iraq. In the letter, Muhammad saID he killed the Nashville man as his first "jihad operation" because he said the victim terrorized elderly Muslims and Muslim women at gunpoint. However, Muhammad leaves out the victim's name and the time of the crime.
"We do have a case that matches some of the particulars but we don't want to go into detail, we don't know his motives. We want him to tell us about the case," Mumford said.
While Muhammad did attend the Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Nashville, officials there said he was a normal person, and not a terrorist, as Muhammad's father Melvin Bledsoe claimed during a U.S. congressional hearing earlier this year.
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"For his father to say that in a hearing is absurd. I think he has a limited knowledge of his son," Al-Farooq spokesperson Mohamed Shukri said.
Investigators have determined that the Al Farooq Islamic Center had no affiliation with Muhammad's actions.
Muhammad did travel to Yemen after attending Tennessee State University. He said he is a member of Al-Qaeda, but detectives haven't found any proof of that claim.