Idaho Terror Suspect Facing New Charges
BOISE, Idaho (KTVB) -- Federal prosecutors have leveled new charges at a Boise man accused of aiding a terrorist group. Fazliddin Kurbanov, 31, was arraigned Tuesday on two counts of providing material aid to a terrorist organization, two counts of attempting to provide material aid to a terrorist organization, and one count of possession of an unregistered firearm. According to an indictment last month, Kurbanov was funneling personnel, software and money to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
Members of the movement fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan and seek to overthrow the government of Uzbekistan and replace it with an Islamist caliphate, according to the National Counterterrorism Center. Kurbanov, a refugee from Uzbekistan, was arrested in May 2013. Law enforcement found a hollow hand grenade, fuse, ammunition and explosive components when they searched his Boise Bench apartment. Also seized were numerous hard drives, computers and phones. The new charges allege Kurbanov was sending recruits and money to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan despite knowing that the resources would be used in preparation for weapons of mass destruction.
A grand jury in Utah also indicted Kurbanov on terrorism-related charges, accusing him of traveling there on a 10-day trip to recruit members and teach people how to build and use improvised explosive devices. It's not clear whether Kurbanov had any specific targets in the United States. The suspect, who communicated through a translator during Tuesday's proceeding, pleaded not guilty to all the charges. His trial is set to begin in Feb. 9.