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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Texas Men on Terrorism-Related Charges

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:22:42 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Two Texas men arrested earlier this week on terrorism charges were officially indicted by a federal grand jury Friday, according to the Department of Justice.

Rahatul Khan and Michael Wolfe were separately indicted with attempting to provide material support to terrorists. Khan, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen, allegedly wanted to join al-Shabab, a Somalia-based terror group linked to al Qaeda, while Wolfe sought to learn to fight in Syria.

An undercover FBI agent met with Wolfe and his wife during an investigation and learned of the suspect's desire to travel to Syria and train. According to charging documents, Khan communicated with informants in an online chat room in an attempt to "spot and assess potential recruits for committing violent jihad overseas."

A detention hearing for Khan was originally scheduled for Friday but was reset to June 30. Wolfe waived his hearing and will remain in government custody. Both have entered not guilty pleas against the charges and face up to 15 years in federal prison, along with a $250,000 fine if convicted.

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