International desk – A Bangladeshi man living in Maryland was charged with attempting to provide material to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State group, US media reported.
Nelash Mohamed Das, 24, of Hyattsville was ready to carry out what he thought was an attack on a member of the U.S. military when he was arrested Friday, according to a court document.
The supposed attack was set up by a confidential informant for the FBI, reported New York Times newspaper.
Das, a legal permanent resident of the United States, made his first appearance in federal court Monday.
He has been ordered held until a detention hearing Thursday. Online court records did not list an attorney for him, though a spokeswoman for the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland said Das had been assigned a public defender.
In July, Das told a confidential informant working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he wanted to kill a service member, according to a news release.
The informant provided Das with false information about a member of the military and led him to believe Islamic State would pay about $80,000 to conduct the attack, the department said.
Das was taken into custody by FBI agents on Sept. 30 as he and the informant arrived at the residence of the target to carry out the attack, the news release said.
Das, who was admitted to the United States in 1995, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if convicted, the department said.
Das voiced support on his social media accounts for the Islamic State group from late 2015 to early 2016, including support for attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, and had taken a class and submitted fingerprints in order to get a handgun permit, according to court documents filed in his case.
He told a confidential informant for the FBI that he wanted to kill U.S military personnel, the court documents say.