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U.S. indicts 7 in N.C. for alleged terrorism plot in Israel

Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39, was considered the ringleader of the group. He fought with Afghan Muslims against the Soviet Union.
Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39, was considered the ringleader of the group. He fought with Afghan Muslims against the Soviet Union. Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal grand jury in North Carolina on Monday indicted seven men on terrorism charges, accusing them of plotting to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons abroad in an unspecified attacks.

Indicted were: Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39; Hysen Sherifi, 24; Anes Subasic, 33; Zakariya Boyd, 20; Dylan Boyd, 22; Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22; and Ziyad Yaghi, 21.

All are charged with conspiring to provide support to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons abroad.

The charges are related to allegations that they helped raise money and provide training for terrorism operations in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Federal officials will not say where the men are being held.

Daniel Boyd is alleged in the indictment to have practiced "military tactics and the use of weapons" on private property in Caswell County, N.C., in over the past two months.

Public records show that the Boyds are residents of Willow Spring in Johnston County.

According to the indictment, Daniel Boyd, Zakariya Boyd, Dylan Boyd, Hassan, and Yaghi are U.S. citizens and residents of North Carolina. Subasic is a naturalized U.S. citizen and North Carolina resident, and Sherifi is a Kosovo native and U.S. legal permanent resident living in North Carolina.

According to U.S. Department of Justice release, all were arrested at various locations Monday morning by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.

The indictment alleges that Daniel Boyd "is a veteran of terrorist training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan who, over the past three years, has conspired with others in this country to recruit and help young men travel overseas in order to kill," said David Kris, an assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's National Security Division.

According to the indictment, Daniel Boyd travelled to Pakistan and Afghanistan from 1989 to 1992 where he received "military-style training in terrorist training camps for the purpose of engaging in violent jihad," the Justice Department release stated. The indcitment says he then fought with U.S-allied Afghan forces against Soviet troops then occupying Afghanistan.

From approximately November 2006 through July 2009, Daniel Boyd and the others "conspired to provide material support and resources to terrorists," the release said, including currency, training, transportation and personnel.

The indictment says that Daniel Boyd and several of the accused travelled to Israel in June 2007 to engage in "violent jihad" but subsequently returned to the U.S. after "failing in their efforts."

In February 2008, the indictment says, Daniel Boyd solicited funds to help pay for the travel of what it called "additional individuals overseas" to engage in "violent jihad" and in March 2008, discussed with Subasic plans to send two individuals abroad for this purpose.

In July 2008, Sherifi left the U.S. for Kosovo to "engage in violent jihad," according to the indictment, later returning in April of this year "for the purpose of soliciting funds and personnel to support the mujihaden."

The indictment also states that Daniel Boyd possessed a variety of weapons as part of the conspiracy to commit murder overseas and provide support to terrorists.

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