The FBI arrested a Bangladeshi immigrant Friday for attempting to provide money to the Islamic State and hatching a plot to kill a U.S. service member.
“Nelash Mohamed Das is alleged to have plotted to kill a U.S. service member on behalf of ISIL,” Assistant Attorney General John Carlin said in a statement Monday. Das “was committed to carrying out an attack against a military member,” according to an FBI special agent’s testimony on the case.
Das is a legal permanent resident of the U.S. and emigrated from Bangaldesh in 1995. He made no secret of his praise for ISIS, tweeting support for the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernadino.
Das also reportedly tweeted out the personal information of an acquaintance he knew was trying to join the military, in the hopes someone would attack that individual in the name of ISIS.
Das completed his Handgun Qualification License in Maryland, submitted his fingerprints to obtain a permit. He eventually became ensconced by an FBI confidential source, and told him he had found a U.S. service member he wanted to kill off an ISIS messaging board. “That’s like my goal in life,” he allegedly told the source of his aspirations to kill.
The FBI source convinced Das to purchase a handgun that had been rendered useless by the FBI and convinced him the attack would take place on Friday. The FBI captured Das at his residence, and he now faces 20 years in federal prison.
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