A 30 year-old Yemenite man was charged in a US court Wednesday on conspiracy of attempting to help the Islamic State terror group, becoming the second US citizen in one week to make media headlines for his terror connections.
Mufid A. Elfgeeh was named in the seven-count federal indictment, which also included separate charges of attempted murder of current and former members of the US military and firearms charges.
Elfgeeh reportedly targeted soldiers returning from Iraq, and "purchased two handguns equipped with…silencers and ammunition'' from a government source for this purpose for over $1,000.
He also attempted to help transport three terrorists - two of whom were actually FBI informants - to Syria to fight with Islamic State (formerly ISIS), according to the indictment, in late 2013 and early 2014. As part of the attempt, he and one of the informants traveled to Buffalo, NY to procure passports and other documentation in April.
In an additional incident, Elfgeeh sent $600 to a Yemenite aspiring to become an IS terrorist for the journey from Yemen to Syria.
Elfgeeh's public defender, Mark Hosken, has entered a "not guilty" plea for his client on all charges, according to USA Today.
The seven criminal charges include three counts of "attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization," one count of attempting to kill "officers and employees of the United States," two counts of possession of an unregistered firearm silencer, and one count of possession of firearms and silencers in furtherance of a violent crime.
Elfgeeh is not the first US citizen to make headlines for supporting IS, as fear of radical Islam spreading to the West and concern over the terror group begin to snowball.