A 28-year-old Pakistani physician on H-1B visa has been indicted by a federal grand jury on pledging allegiance to the Islamic State terror group and expressing his want to hold out “lone wolf” terror assaults within the US.
In accordance with the indictment, Muhammad Masood, a licensed medical physician from Pakistan, was previously employed as a analysis coordinator at a reputed medical clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
The indictment towards Masood was introduced on Friday by US Lawyer Erica MacDonald. Masood was initially charged by prison criticism and has been in custody since his March 19 arrest on the Minneapolis-St. Paul Worldwide Airport.
Between January and March this 12 months, he made a number of statements to others, together with pledging his allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) and its chief, and expressing his want to journey to Syria to battle for ISIS. Masood additionally expressed his want to conduct “lone wolf” terrorist assaults in the USA, the courtroom papers stated.
On February 21 this 12 months, Masood bought a aircraft ticket from Chicago to Amman, Jordan, and from there deliberate to journey to Syria.
On March 16 this 12 months, Masood’s journey plans modified as a result of Jordan closed its borders to incoming journey as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
He made a brand new plan to fly from Minneapolis to Los Angeles to fulfill up with a person who he believed would help him with journey through cargo ship to ship him to ISIS territory.
On March 19, Masood travelled from Rochester to Minneapolis-St. Paul Worldwide Airport (MSP) to board a flight certain for Los Angeles, California.
Upon arrival on the MSP, Masood checked in for his flight and was subsequently arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Joint Terrorism Job Drive.
This case is the results of an investigation carried out by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Job Drive. Masood is in custody on the Sherburne County Jail, Fox Information reported on Friday.
In accordance with the allegations within the criticism, Masood, a licensed medical physician in Pakistan, was working in a medical clinic in Rochester below an H-1B visa.