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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Obama administration confirmed Wednesday that a Raleigh man wanted on federal terrorism charges was killed in an overseas drone strike.

Jude Kenan Mohammad is one of four Americans confirmed as being killed by drones in either Pakistan or Yeman since 2009, according to a letter sent to Congress by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Holder’s letter gave no details about exactly when or where Mohammad was killed.

Mohammad was one of eight Raleigh Muslims indicted by federal authorities in 2009 as part of an alleged homegrown terror plot to attack the U.S. Marine Corps base at Quantico, Va. Federal authorities said Mohammad, then 19 years old, fled the country before he could be arrested to join jihadi fighters in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

Mohammad’s mother and four sisters back in North Carolina had occasional contact with Mohammad through phone calls and Facebook, but those messages stopped in late 2011.

Elena Mohammad said Wednesday she had heard her son was dead more than a year ago, though she wouldn’t say how she received word. There was no notification of her son’s death from federal authorities, she said.

“It’s already done with. He’s gone,” said Elena Mohammad, who lives in Raleigh. “I don’t have anything to say. He’s dead. Leave it at that. Closed book.”

Mohammad’s seven alleged co-conspirators all either pleaded guilty to terrorism related charges or were convicted at trial, receiving lengthy prison sentences.

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