Suspected Islamic State backer held for New York attack plot: Justice Department

(From Reuters)

A 25-year-old man who planned to attack a restaurant in upstate New York on New Year’s Eve has been arrested and charged with attempting to provide material support to Islamic State, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

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Emanuel L. Lutchman, “claiming to receive direction from an overseas ISIL member, planned to commit an armed attack against civilians at a restaurant/bar located in the Rochester, New York, area today,” the department said in a statement, referring to Islamic State by an acronym.

A criminal complaint against Lutchman, who appeared in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York on Thursday, described him as a “self-professed Muslim convert with a criminal history dating back to approximately 2006…. as well as previous state mental hygiene arrests.” Read more



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