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Pakistani Physician indicted in Minnesota on terrorism charge

A Pakistani Physician and former Mayo Clinic researcher has been indicted on one count of trying to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization after Police say he Advised paid FBI informants He Vowed allegiance to the Islamic State Team and Desired to Execute Only wolf Strikes in America

Prosecutors state Masood was at the US on a visa. They allege in court records ranging from January to March, Masood made many announcements paid informants — that he thought were members of the Islamic State group — pledging his allegiance to the team and its chief. Also, he voiced a desire to go to Syria to fight IS and execute only wolf strikes in America, they stated.

Masood messaged an informant”there’s so much I needed to perform here. .lon wulf things you understand… but I understood I must be on the floor supporting brothers sisters children,” according to an FBI affidavit.

Prosecutors state Masood intended to leave Amman, Jordan, and proceed to Syria at the end of March, but on March 16 he needed to alter his travel plans since Jordan closed its boundaries on account of this coronavirus pandemic. Masood and among those informants subsequently developed a strategy for him to fly from Minneapolis to Los Angeles to match with this particular informant, whom Masood thought would help him traveling in a cargo boat into Islamic State land.

Masood’s lawyer did not immediately return messages left Friday.

Court documents don’t name the practice in which Masood worked. The Mayo Clinic has verified that Masood previously worked in the health care center, but stated he wasn’t used there when he had been detained. Based on an affidavit supporting the criminal complaint, Masood said in February he was planning to inform his employer his final day of work could be March 17.

The affidavit stated the FBI started exploring in January, after learning that somebody, later decided to become Masood, had posted messages within an encrypted social networking platform signaling an intent to encourage IS.

Approximately three dozen Minnesotans — mostly guys in the nation’s big Somali community — have abandoned since 2007 to combine al-Shabab from Somalia or militant groups in Syria, for instance, the Islamic State team. Some others are convicted on terrorism-related fees for plotting to join or offer aid to those classes.