By Niala Mohammad
VOA News
March 21, 2020

A Pakistani doctor employed as a research coordinator at a medical clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, was arrested by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group.

The U.S. Justice Department said in a news release Thursday that Muhammad Masood, 28, was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport while attempting to meet an individual who he believed would assist him with travel to IS territory.

The department said Masood had made several statements to others regarding his terror intentions, “including pledging his allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham and its leader, and expressing his desire to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS.”

The Justice Department also said Masood expressed his desire to launch “lone wolf” terrorist attacks in the U.S.

The Pakistani government has not issued an official response regarding the arrest of and charges against Masood. Further information on Masood’s place of education and residence within Pakistan was unavailable…….

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