Houston man arrested on charges of aiding Islamic State, distributing information on explosives

A Houston 18-year-old has been arrested and charged with illegally distributing explosive-making information and attempting to support the Islamic State organisation.

AP December 12, 2017 14:35:30 IST
Houston man arrested on charges of aiding Islamic State, distributing information on explosives

Houston: A Houston 18-year-old has been arrested and charged with illegally distributing explosive-making information and attempting to support the Islamic State organisation.

Houston man arrested on charges of aiding Islamic State distributing information on explosives

Representational image. AFP

The US Justice Department has said that Kaan Sercan Damlarkaya, a US citizen, was arrested on 8 December following an undercover FBI operation.

A statement says Damlarkaya said he intended to travel overseas and fight for Islamic State and said he tried to get to Syria twice. He told agents that he would commit a US attack if efforts to travel overseas failed.

It also says Damlarkaya provided to alleged Islamic State supporters a formula for explosive Triacetone Triperoxide and instructions how to use it in a pressure cooker device containing shrapnel.

If convicted, he faces a possible 20-year maximum prison term. The US has designated Islamic State as a terrorist organisation.

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