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5th man charged in New York in ISIS recruitment plot

5th man in Islamic State group recruitment case charged by US prosecutors in New York City

5th man charged in New York in ISIS recruitment plot

NEW YORK (AP) -- A fifth man has pleaded not guilty to charges in New York City that he was involved in a plot to recruit U.S. fighters to join the Islamic State group.

Akmal Zakirov entered the plea Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn.

Prosecutors accuse the 29-year-old Zakirov of plotting to pay for one of his co-defendants to fly to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group. The man was intercepted at Kennedy airport in February before he could board a flight to Turkey.

Four other men have already pleaded not guilty to conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization. All are emigrants from the former Soviet republics of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

Zakirov's attorney declined to comment Thursday.


Updated : 2021-09-25 00:34 GMT+08:00