|American 'Jihad Jane' jailed for 10 years
An American woman nicknamed “Jihad Jane'' was jailed for 10 years on Monday after plotting to carry out deadly attacks in Europe and South Asia including the murder of a Swedish cartoonist, US justice officials said.
Pennsylvania woman Colleen LaRose, 50, a convert to Islam, had already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, making false statements and attempted identity theft.
“This case clearly underscores the evolving nature of the terrorist threat we now face in this country,'' said Zane David Memeger, US attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in the US.
An accomplice of LaRose, Jamie Ramirez, who has also pleaded guilty, is to be sentenced Wednesday.
According to court documents, LaRose and her conspirators had recruited men on the Internet to carry out a “violent jihad'' in South Asia and Europe.
She also sought to recruit women on the internet who had passports and the ability to travel freely around Europe.
LaRose also received a direct order to kill Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who had outraged many Muslims by drawing the Prophet Mohammed's head on a dog's body.
LaRose agreed to carry out the murder.—AFP