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Anti-terror agents arrest seven in Raleigh

Posted July 27, 2009
Updated July 28, 2009

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— Officials arrested seven North Carolina residents Monday on charges they supported terrorism by recruiting people to fight and plotted a series of attacks overseas.

N.C. men charged with plotting 'violent jihad' N.C. men charged with plotting 'violent jihad'

Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39, Hysen Sherifi, 24, Anes Subasic, 33, Zakariya Boyd, 20, Dylan Boyd, 22, Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22, and Ziyad Yaghi, 21, have been charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap and injure persons abroad, the Justice Department announced Monday.

According to the indictment unsealed Monday, Daniel Boyd, also known as "Saifullah," and the other defendants conspired to provide resources to terrorists from roughly November 2006 through at least July 2009.

Daniel Boyd, of 134 Lakeside Circle in Willow Spring, trained at terrorist camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan between 1989 and 1992 before returning to the United States, the indictment stated.

Daniel Boyd was also accused of soliciting money last year to fund others’ travel overseas to take part in “violent jihad,” according to the indictment.

The indictment also alleges that Daniel Boyd obtained a variety of weapons to use toward his goal of murdering people and providing material support to terrorists.

The indictment alleges some of the defendants recently practiced military tactics and using of weapons on private property in Caswell County.

A federal grand jury returned a sealed seven-count indictment against the defendants Wednesday.

The defendants were arrested at various locations and made their first court appearances Monday. At that time, the indictment was unsealed.

“These charges hammer home the point that terrorists and their supporters are not confined to the remote regions of some far away land but can grow and fester right here at home. Terrorists and their supporters are relentless and constant in their efforts to hurt and kill innocent people across the globe. We must be equally relentless and constant in our efforts to stop them,” United States Attorney George E.B. Holding said in a statement.

All of the defendants are U.S. citizens, except Sherifi, who is legal U.S. permanent resident. The suspects had Raleigh addresses, expect for Subasic, who resided in Holly Springs, and Daniel Boyd, who lived in Willow Spring, according to the indictment.

Daniel Boyd, Sherifi and Zakariya Boyd are facing an additional charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Daniel Boyd and Dylan Boyd are also charged with selling a firearm to a convicted felon, according to the indictment.

In addition, Daniel Boyd is charged with receiving a firearm through interstate commerce and two counts of making false statements in a terrorism investigation.

Each of the defendants faces potential life imprisonment if convicted of conspiracy to murder, kidnap and injure people abroad. In addition, conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists carries a maximum 15 year sentence.

The defendants are due back in court Thursday morning.

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  • silverflash Jul 28, 10:40 a.m.

    I am so sick and tired of hearing the word "terrorist". They are the enemy plain and simple. Are US soldiers terrorists because they are killing "innocent" people overseas daily? Innocent is relevant to who you are and what side you are on. To label someone a "terrorist" carries with it an evil side. Almost like they are wrong and we are right and they are doomed to hell and we are Godly. Well, to us, we are right. To them, they are right. Who is really to say??

    I guess what I am saying is, drop the terrorist label. Just call them what they are, enemies of our state.

  • Malcontent Jul 28, 10:22 a.m.

    Terrorism against whom? It didn't say against Americans specifically. ANYONE who spreads terror for any reason, towards ANYONE regardless of nationality, etc. in my book, is a terrorist! Think of the Iraqis point of view: We're the terrorists, and they are not. betty booper2 and teach4ever67, you need to look at the BIG picture, and THINK about what others see in US! You bashing me makes you NO BETTER than them! No one likes BULLIES. Plus, you need to get a sense of humor, and stop the hating. Peace Out!

  • SilverWolf Jul 28, 9:52 a.m.

    Personally, I don't believe a word a gov. agent has to say. Show me the proof.

  • dbcooper41 Jul 28, 8:06 a.m.

    so 20 years ago one guy trained overseas with a group sponsored by our cia? it appears he may still be on their payroll.
    and now they played paintball and shot real guns on private property?
    so far i'm not too scared of these "terrorists"

  • FairPlay Jul 27, 7:58 p.m.

    I am sure the feds did all the investgating needed to have an indictment handed down.
    Death for treason and terrorism!

  • michael919 Jul 27, 7:57 p.m.

    If the ones who are US Citizens are found guilty, they should also be charged with treason

  • injameswetrust2003 Jul 27, 7:53 p.m.

    I think we should make an example of these criminals. (I have more to say, but my posts have been disallowed. Censorship is alive and well at WRAL GOLO!)

  • voiceofreason32 Jul 27, 7:51 p.m.

    send em to Gitmo since its not being closed apparently

  • jockeyshiftspringer Jul 27, 7:42 p.m.

    LocalYokel said: "Its kind of funny (and yet scary) to hear knee jerk golo reactions such as: "hang 'em". Maybe jockeyshiftspringer is related to jerryspringer? Lets see the evidence and give the accused a chance to defend themselves."

    You need to re-read my original comment. You apparently missed the first three words of the sentence.

  • Skywatch_NC Jul 27, 7:40 p.m.

    Glad they got 'em!!

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