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    28-year-old doctor of Pakistani origin convicted of terrorism

    • Went for job in US on H-1B visa, was there to go to Syria
    • On March 19, the US intelligence agency FBI arrested from the airport

    Washington: A US court has convicted a Pakistani doctor of involvement in terrorism. The convict Muhammad Masood (28), was in contact with the terrorist organization ISIS and wanted to carry out attacks in the US. Masood was arrested on March 19 from Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. He went to the US on an H-1B visa. He worked at the Research Co-ordinator’s post at a medical clinic in Rochester.

    ‘Wanted to attack alone in America’

    According to documents presented in the court, Masood spoke to ISIS militants several times between January and March and expressed his desire to go to Syria and fight for the terrorist organization. He also talked of attacking the US on its own.

    Wanted to go by cargo ship if the plan to fly to Syria failed

    Masood bought an air ticket to Amman (Jordan) from Chicago on 21 February. Wanted to go to Syria from there. The plan had to be changed on 16 March, as Jordan was banned from flights due to Coronavirus. After this, Masood planned to move from Minneapolis to Los Angeles. With the help of someone there, he wanted to board the cargo ship. On March 19, Masood arrived at St. Paul International Airport in Minneapolis from Rochester. From there he wanted to go to Los Angeles, but was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force as soon as he checked in at the airport.


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