Two Oakland Park brothers already in custody on terrorism charges have been accused of attempting to murder two U.S. marshals while they escorted them within the U.S. courthouse complex in Miami, authorities said Thursday.
In the new charges, Raees Alam Qazi, 22, and Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 30, are accused of distracting the U.S. marshals before simultaneously punching them in the face during a struggle last April.
The Qazi brothers “atempted to use lethal force” on the marshals “while exclaiming ‘Allahu Akbar,’ an Arabic exhortation meaning ‘God is Great,’’’according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
The brothers, naturalized U.S. citizens from Pakistan, were initially indicted in late 2012 on charges of conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, al-Qaida.
The younger brother, Raees Qazi, traveled to New York and rode a bicycle around Manhattan to scout potential landmarks for a bombing attack, according to the FBI. He ran out of money and returned to Fort Lauderdale, where he and his brother were arrested.
Their case is pending trial.