Uzbekistan native arrested on federal terrorism charges
A 30-year-old native of Uzbekistan was arrested on Thursday in Boise, Idaho and charged with helping a terrorist group in his home country and teaching others how to use explosive devices.
The Idaho Statesman reported that Fazliddin Kurbanov, who is currently residing in Idaho legally, was charged with one count of conspiracy in providing money and computer software to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said in a release (PDF) that the group was designated as “a designated foreign terrorist organization,” and that Kurbanov allegedly offered his support knowing the group’s status.
Kurbanov is also accused of possessing “an unregistered destructive device” on or around November 15, 2012 that included potassium nitrate, sulfer, hobby fuse and a hollow hand grenade among its components, and of teaching invididuals how to make explosive devices during a 10-day period in Utah in January 2013.
According to KTVB-TV, a federal grand jury in Salt Lake City, Utah, also indicted Kurbanov for allegedly distributing information relating to “explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction. He has also been cited by Idaho authorities in three different counties on traffic violations over the past two years.
Kurbanov is scheduled to appear before a U.S. District Court judge in Boise on Friday, and will also face prosecution in Utah.
Watch KTVB-TV’s report on Kurbanov’s arrest, aired on Thursday, below.