A citizen of Bangladesh who was living in Maryland in the US has been charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State group.
According to a court document 24-year-old Nelash Mohamed Das from Hyattsville, Maryland was ready to carry out what he thought was an attack on a member of the U.S. military when he was arrested . The supposed attack was set up by a confidential informant for the FBI.
If convicted, Das faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Das voiced support on his social media accounts for the Islamic State group from late 2015 to early 2016, including support for attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, and had taken a class and submitted fingerprints in order to get a handgun permit, according to court documents filed in his case.
He told a confidential informant for the FBI that he wanted to kill U.S military personnel, the court documents say.
Conducting an attack is “like my goal in life,” Das allegedly told the informant. The confidential informant told Das he had gotten information about a target, member of the U.S. military, from an Islamic State group contact in Iraq.
Das was arrested after loading a gun and traveling with the informant to a location where he believed they would conduct the attack, the court documents say.