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Uzbekistani National Faces Terrorism Charges In Idaho

An Uzbekistani national living legally in Boise, Idaho, was arrested on May 16 for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Fazliddin Kurbanov, 30, was charged in two federal indictments on May 16, 2013. The first indictment, filed in Idaho, alleges that Kurbanov conspired to provide computer software and funds to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), a designated foreign terrorist organization.  The indictment also alleges that he planned to join both the IMU and other unidentified terrorists.    According to the indictment, Kurbanov allegedly possessed unregistered items which could readily be assembled into a destructive device, including “a hollow hand grenade, hobby fuse, aluminum powder, potassium nitrate and sulfur.”

The second indictment, filed in Utah, alleges that Kurbaov “showed internet videos, provided written recipes and verbal instructions, and conducted instructional shopping trips which informed as to the construction and use of improvised explosive devices.” Authorities claim that he intended that the instructions be used to carry out terrorist attacks at unspecified locations.

If convicted of all charges, Kurbanov faces up to 60-years in prison. At an initial court appearance in Idaho, he pleaded not guilty.

In 2012 two other Uzbeks, Jamshid Muhtarov and Bakhtior Jumaev, were charged with providing material support to the Islamic Jihad Union, an offshoot of the IMU.