New Mexico man accused of planning Islamic State training center

Aug 26 (Reuters) – A New Mexico man has been charged with trying to set up a training center for people wishing to fight for the Islamic State, the Justice Department said on Friday.

On August 23, a federal grand jury charged Herman Leyvoune Wilson, 45, of Albuquerque, with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization by establishing an “Islamic State Center” in New York. Mexico, according to a DOJ statement.

The center aimed to teach Islamic State ideology, provide training in “tactical maneuvers and martial arts” and serve as a safe haven for people preparing to travel and fight on behalf of the group in the United States. and overseas, according to the statement.

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Wilson, also known as Bilal Mu’Min Abdullah, helped run an online platform that promoted Islamic State recruitment and discussed attacks in the United States and abroad, according to the communicated.

Devon Fooks, a federal public defender representing Wilson, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Two men convicted in July of supporting Islamic State said Wilson integrated them into the group, prosecutors said.

Kristopher Matthews, 36, of South Carolina, and Jaylyn Molina, 24, of Texas, said Wilson radicalized them toward “ISIS ideology,” the statement said.

Separately, Awais Chudhary, 22, of New York City, pleaded guilty on Friday to planning a stabbing attack in the borough of Queens on behalf of the Islamic State, the Justice Department said in a statement.

Sam Jacobson, a federal defenseman representing Chudhary, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Reporting by Andrew Hay in Taos, New Mexico; Editing by David Gregorio

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