Man arrested for allegedly trying to establish an Islamic State training center in New Mexico
A New Mexico man was arrested on Friday after allegedly trying to set up an Islamic State training center in the state, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
A DOJ Publication States that a federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Herman Wilson, 45, also known as Bilal Mu’Min Abdullah, with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and attempting to obstruct, influence and obstruct at least one official process.
Court records indicate that Wilson allegedly attempted to provide material support to ISIS between January 2020 and November 2021 by trying to establish an “Islamic State Center” in New Mexico to teach ISIS ideology. Islamic State, provide training in martial arts and tactical maneuvers and serve as a “safe haven” for people planning to travel and fight for the Islamic State.
The statement also said Wilson allegedly helped run an online platform from May 2019 to September 2020 to promote ISIS teachings, recruit others, and discuss terrorist attacks in the United States and around the world. .
Wilson allegedly attempted to obstruct, influence and obstruct at least one official process by ordering and inducing the destruction of records during the platform’s shutdown, according to the DOJ.
Two people who were arrested in September 2020 and later pleaded guilty to providing material support to ISIS said Wilson radicalized them to support ISIS, the statement said. After their arrest, Wilson allegedly ordered members of the platform to destroy evidence that they were using the group online.
Wilson could face up to 20 years in prison on each count if convicted.
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