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US Indicts Man for Attempted Support to Islamic State Group

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Mufid Elfgeeh, of Rochester, N.Y. is shown in a June 2, 2014 file photo provided by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Mufid Elfgeeh, of Rochester, N.Y. is shown in a June 2, 2014 file photo provided by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted a man on charges of attempting to provide support and resources to the Islamic State group and attempted murder of U.S. military members.

The Justice Department said Tuesday that 30-year-old Mufid Elfgeeh of Rochester, New York encouraged two people to travel overseas to fight for the Islamic State, and also sent $600 to a person in Yemen so that they could travel to Syria to fight with the militants.

Attorney General Eric Holder said the U.S. will "remain aggressive in identifying and disrupting" those who try to support terror groups that want to harm Americans.

“As this case shows, our agents and prosecutors are using all the investigative tools at our disposal to break up these plots before individuals can put their plans into action. We are focused on breaking up these activities on the front end, before supporters of ISIL can make good on plans to travel to the region or recruit sympathizers to this cause,” Holder said.

The seven-count indictment also includes charges for possessing silenced firearms and receiving unregistered firearm silencers.

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