Uzbek Man Nabbed in Idaho Over Terror Plot

Fazliddin Kurbanov charged with helping foreign terrorist organization

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 17, 2013 3:24 AM CDT | Updated May 17, 2013 5:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – An Uzbek man has been arrested in Idaho and charged with helping a foreign terrorist organization make a bomb. "Any potential threat posed" by Fazliddin Kurbanov has been "contained," federal agents say. He was also charged with possessing bomb parts, the New York Times reports, and he's set to appear in federal court today in Boise. According to US officials, Kurbanov worked with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan starting last August.

He gave the group software and funding for a project "involving a weapon of mass destruction" for a foreign attack. He also had chemicals and items like a hollow hand grenade "intended for use in converting any device into a destructive device," and he provided instructions—including through online videos—on how to create explosives, authorities say.

An Uzbek man has been arrested in Idaho.
An Uzbek man has been arrested in Idaho.   (Shutterstock)
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