Monday, May 20, 2013

Uzbek National Arrested in US on Terrorism Charges

The US Department of Justice (USDOJ) announced the arrest Thursday of 30-year-old Uzbekistan national Fazliddin Kurbanov on a plethora of federal terrorism charges. RIA Novosti reported citing an identified Uzbek intelligence source that authorities are presently working to find more information on the suspect. According to the DOJ announcement, Kurbanov is accused of having conspired in Idaho to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist association known as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. He allegedly offered material support – including himself – to terrorists knowing that doing so would assist in preparations for the use of a weapon of mass destruction. Furthermore, he is alleged to have had in his possession various items that could be used to create destructive devices, including a hollow hand grenade, hobby fuse, aluminum powder, potassium nitrate, and sulfur. He is further accused of having taught lessons in Utah on making explosive devices, and of having distributed information relating to such, including recipes and shopping advice. Kurbanov faces charges in Idaho and Utah, having been indicted by federal grand juries in both states.

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