According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Maryland citizen Nelash Mohamed Das, 24, has been charged with plotting to assassinate a U.S. service member, reportedly for the Islamic State. Das attempted to provide material support and resources to ISIS of Iraq in coordination with killing the military member.
Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the FBI’s Baltimore Division released the following statement:
“The danger posed by Mr. Das during this investigation was very real. He was committed to carrying out an attack against a military member. Through our proactive investigative stance, we were able to ensure the citizens of Maryland were protected. The covert nature of the defendant’s alleged actions is a stark reminder of the challenges we face in preventing attacks, and underscores the critical need for those with knowledge about terror plots to come forward.”
In 1995, Das immigrated from Bangladesh to Hyattsville, Maryland when he was four years old. Since then, Das has become radicalized. He expressed his support the terrorist attacks in Paris and in San Bernardino, California on his social media accounts. Das has also communicated with terrorists overseas who were part of ISIS, and is a registered gun owner.
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