Accused terror conspirator lived in quiet Willow Spring neighborhood
A father, who lived at 134 Lakeside Circle in Willow Spring, and his two sons are among seven people accused of supporting terrorism by training and traveling overseas, federal authorities said Monday.Posted — Updated
During July 2007, Daniel Boyd traveled to Israel with several of the other defendants, hoping to engage in "violent jihad" that included “supporting and participating in terrorist activities abroad and committing acts of murder, kidnapping or maiming persons,” according to the indictment. They failed in their efforts, and the men returned home, the indictment stated.
His two sons: Dylan Boyd, 22, and Zakariya Boyd, 20, are also suspects. The three men, along with Hysen Sherifi, 24, Anes Subasic, 33, 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.
Yaghi was also on probation, according to court records. He was found guilty of felonious restraint.
From June 10 to July 7, the suspects spent time training for holy war on private property in Caswell County, the indictment stated.
"We were aware of the ongoing investigation, and our office did provide assistance in the investigation as requested by the FBI Counter Terrorism Task Force," Sheriff Michael Welch said.
It was not disclosed Monday how authorities learned of the terror conspiracy. 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. If convicted, they could face life in prison.
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