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US Soldier Indicted on Terrorism Charges in Hawaii

FILE - Birney Bervar speaks with reporters outside the federal courthouse in Honolulu, July 10, 2017. Bervar was appointed the attorney for Ikaika Kang, a 34-year-old active duty soldier who has been accused of trying to aid the Islamic State.

A federal grand jury in Hawaii has indicted a U.S. soldier on charges of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang was indicted Friday after he was arrested by an FBI SWAT team July 8. Kang was ordered held without bail.

Because of the indictment, Kang will no longer have a preliminary hearing that was scheduled for Monday.

Kang’s court-appointed attorney Birney Bervar said after his detention hearing that he will ask for a mental health evaluation.

Bervar said his client may suffer from service-related mental health issues of which the government was aware but neglected to treat.

The FBI said in their criminal complaint that Kang wanted to commit a mass shooting after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group.