Ahmed Farajallah accused of illegally buying weapons

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UPDATE: Authorities have dismissed charges against Ahmed Farajallah. (Story updated Aug. 23, 2013)

A Loudoun gun store features rifles, including assault weapons, on its website. These guns apparently drew three northern Virginia men to illegally purchase 26 rifles and attempt to buy four more.

Ahmed Farajallah allegedly enlisted two American citizens to assist in purchasing rifles. After an American filled out the paperwork and bought the guns, they would be turned over to Farajallah or the other alleged accomplice.

The brother of the alleged mastermind of the gun buying scheme didn’t want to talk.

During a Thursday hearing in federal court, a judge wanted to know why Farajallah bought the guns and what he intended to do with them.

Farajallah is a Palestinian whose immigration status is in question. He recently spent time in Algeria, the North African country that is believed to be home to thriving Islamic terrorist organizations.

“We don't know what he will do with them (the guns),” said Ali Al Kuson, a neighbor. “May be he will take them to the terrorists.”