Maryland: Muslim Immigrant Arrested in Plot to Kill U.S. Military Member


Source: Maryland Man Charged With Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL for Plan to Kill U.S. Military Member | OPA | Department of Justice

Nelash Mohamed Das, 24, a citizen of Bangladesh residing in Hyattsville, Maryland, has been charged by federal criminal complaint with attempting to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization, in connection with a plan to kill a U.S. military member.

“Nelash Mohamed Das is alleged to have plotted to kill a U.S. service member on behalf of ISIL,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin.  “Individuals intent on carrying out violence in the name of foreign terrorist organizations pose one of the most concerning threats that law enforcement faces today and stopping these offenders before they are able to act is our highest priority.”

According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Das was admitted to the U.S. in 1995 and is a legal permanent resident.

The affidavit alleges that from Sept. 28, 2015 to early 2016, Das used social media to express his support for ISIL, including support for terrorist attacks in Paris, France, and San Bernardino, California.

On Oct. 26, 2015, Das tweeted the name of an individual and the city where they lived, stating that the individual “aspires to kill Muslims.” Das knew that the individual hoped to become a member of the U.S. military. ISIL members and supporters have posted identifying information about U.S. military personnel in hopes that those inspired by ISIL would carry out attacks against them. The affidavit alleges that Das was advertising the individual’s identity and whereabouts in order to inspire violence against that individual.

On Jan. 30, 2016, Das tweeted a picture of an AK-47 assault rifle along with the text, “This is more than just a gun. This is a ticket to Jannah.” “Jannah” is a reference to the Islamic concept of paradise.

According to the affidavit, on April 30, 2016, Das attended the Handgun Qualification License class at a firing range in Prince George’s County, Maryland. After the class, Das told another individual that he wanted to buy a Glock 9mm handgun and an AK-47. Over the next five months, Das returned to the firing range to practice firing weapons, and submitted his fingerprints to obtain a handgun permit.

During May 2016, Das met a confidential human source (CHS) working for the FBI. Das believed the CHS to be a like-minded supporter of ISIL. On May 24, 2016, Das told the CHS that he knew people overseas in Al Dawla (a common name for ISIL) and communicated with them through online communications.

On July 23, 2016, Das told the CHS that he wanted to kill a particular military member who lived in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and whose identifying information Das had obtained the prior year from a list posted online by ISIL. Das stated that he could acquire a firearm from an individual he knows and stated his desire to travel overseas for ISIL if he had the opportunity. On July 30, 2016, Das advised the CHS that he could no longer find the ISIL list from the year before and asked the CHS if he had any ISIL contacts who could re-send the list.

According to the affidavit, on Aug. 19, 2016, even though Das had stated that he could acquire a firearm, the CHS told Das that he could acquire weapons for both of them. In subsequent meetings with the CHS, Das continued to state that he was looking for names of targets for them to kill. In a meeting on Sept. 11, 2016, Das confirmed that he was committed “100%” to conducting an attack and, “That’s like my goal in life.” In a meeting the following day, Das stated that he wanted to get paid by ISIL for future killings, but would do it for free as well. Das further confirmed that he specifically wanted to target U.S. military personnel.

On Sept. 28, 2016, Das and the CHS drove from Maryland to a firearms store in Virginia, where Das purchased one box (50 rounds) of 9mm ammunition and one box (50 rounds) of .40 caliber ammunition. At Das’ request, that same day, the CHS provided Das with the identifying information of a target, who the CHS claimed was a member of the U.S. military. The CHS told Das he received the information from an ISIL contact in Iraq. In reality, the CHS provided false information on behalf of the FBI. Based on discussions with the CHS, Das also believed that the ISIL contact in Iraq would facilitate the payment of approximately $80,000 in exchange for Das and the CHS conducting the attack. After purchasing the ammunition, Das and the CHS traveled from the Virginia firearms store to the Maryland address of the target in order to conduct surveillance.

The affidavit alleges that on Sept. 30, 2016, while the CHS was en route to pick up Das so they could conduct the attack, Das sent a text to the CHS that stated, “I’m ready.” When the CHS arrived at the residence, Das loaded ammunition into the magazine of one of the two firearms previously acquired by the CHS, with Das’ knowledge and support. Das inserted the magazine into the firearm and loaded a bullet in the chamber.  The firearms were then placed into the trunk of the vehicle.  Although Das believed that the firearms could fire ammunition, in reality, they had been rendered inert by the FBI.  Das and the CHS then traveled to the address of the target, where Das exited the vehicle and approached the trunk, where the firearms were located.  When Das was standing next to the trunk, FBI agents approached and Das attempted to run away.  Das was taken into custody by FBI agents a short distance from the vehicle.

Das faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

3 Responses

  1. This article is proof positive that these muzzrat scums LITERALLY BELIEVE that their acts of violence and murder are their ticket to muzzrat “paradise”! It is a fact that w/o the imams and the mullahs instigating all of the hatred and bloodshed among young muslims, all of the violence would soon come to a screechin’ halt! Give any young kid (muslim or no) the promise of an eternal brothel in the sky where he can “get it” 24/7, and you (quite literally) have him by the balz!!! This is the reason that ISLAM is so EVIL and rotten to the core! This kind of hatred and bloodshed stems straight from the source, himself–mo-ham-mad and his damd book of lies! It’s not just about “radical islam”–IT’S ABOUT ALL OF ISLAM–IT MUST BE DESTROYED! And until such time as the Free World (such as it is) learns to “just say NO” we are on a suicide mission to HELL, under the false pretenses that “muzzlumz just want the same freedoms” as all the rest of us!!!!! That’s a LIE!!!!! Islam is all about slavery and bloodshed–there’s no such thing as FREEDOM in islam and once muslims gain the upper hand in a society–NOBODY EVER HAS FREEDOM AGAIN!!!!!

    • I am betting if you sent a copy of your wonderfully factual letter to every major “News” paper in the country, not one of them would publish it. We are being sold down the river of no return by politicians, Media and some “Christian churches. I am locked and loaded. I hope everyone else who cares is too.

      • Thanks, George. Just trying to do my small part in spreading the light of Truth. You give me some ideas, but I sort of doubt likewise, if my comments would make the back page in most newpapers. All the same, we have this wonderful truth-telling website here to ‘shine the light’! And you’re right about “some Christian churches” being totally blind to islamic heresy and ignorance! It’s truly pathetic and stupid! It’s called enabling the perpetrators…..

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