7 in NC charged with terror conspiracy

July 27, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A North Carolina man and six others have been charged with conspiring to support terrorism by training and traveling overseas to participate in "violent jihad." Daniel Boyd and half-dozen of his alleged recruits in the Raleigh, N.C. area were charged with providing material support to terrorism.

The Justice Department in Washington said Boyd, who is a U.S. citizen, trained in Afghanistan and fought there between 1989 and 1992 before returning to the United States.

Boyd and the other defendants were scheduled to appear in federal court in Raleigh.

A newly unsealed indictment charged that Boyd, also known as 'Saifullah,' encouraged others to engage in jihad.

Boyd allegedly traveled to Israel in 2007 with several of the defendants, hoping to engage in "violent jihad," according to the indictment. The attempt was unsuccessful, though, and the men returned home, officials said.

Boyd was also accused of trying to raise money last year to fund others' travel overseas to fight.

One of the men, Hysen Sharifi, allegedly went to Kosovo to engage in violent jihad, according to the indictment, but it's unclear if he did any actual fighting.

Several of the defendants, including Boyd, were also charged with practicing military tactics on a private property in Caswell, County, N.C. in June and July of this year.

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