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Feds in Idaho arrest Uzbekistan national on terror charges

BOISE, Idaho, May 16 (UPI) — Federal agents in Boise, Idaho, Thursday arrested Uzbekistan national Fazliddin Kurbanov as part of a federal terrorism investigation, authorities said.

Kurbanov, 30, who was in the country legally and living at a home in the Boise Bench neighborhood, faces federal terrorism charges in Boise and Salt Lake City, KTVB-TV, Boise, reported.

The Boise charges include one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and one count of possessing an unregistered destructive device.

A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City indicted Kurbanov on one count of distribution of information relating to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction.

“Today’s arrest and these indictments underscore our commitment to aggressively and thoroughly investigate those who conspire to engage in unlawful terrorist activities,” said U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson.

“Today’s arrest underscores the need for continued vigilance against terrorist threats both at home and abroad. I thank the many agents, analysts and prosecutors responsible for this important investigation,” said John Carlin, acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security.

Kurbanov is scheduled to appear Friday in federal court in Boise.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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