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Suffolk man charged for attempting to provide material support for militant group Islamic State (IS)

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Fourth Estate Staff

Suffolk, MA, United States (4E) – A Suffolk man was charged for attempting to provide material support for the militant group Islamic State (IS) after being arrested earlier this week.

The man was identified as Lionel Nelson Williams. He also goes by the name Harun Ash-Shababi . He is 26 years old and as per the court documents, FBI agents were contacted by a former associate of the man last March. The former associate reportedly told the agents that Williams was sharing IS-related videos on his Facebook page. Accordingly, the post showed that of a now dead Al-Qaeda member talking in a video. The caption reads, “The Jihad (the struggle) doesn’t end just because it stops feeling good.”

On June 13, he reportedly told an undercover FBI agent that he supports attacks on hard targets. Hard targets are referred to as police officials, military members, and other people who have the ability to defend themselves. He also said that he has not carried out an attack yet because his grandmother is still alive and he has to take care of her.

By October and November this year, Williams reportedly sent money to a person he believed was asking money for IS to purchase weapons and ammunition. Williams also allegedly ordered an AK-47 assault rifle the day after the terror attack in San Bernardino, California last December 2015. Two firearms were recovered in the search of the home of Williams after he was arrested.

A neighbor of Williams said that he was a good Muslim but he appeared to be gearing up for a lone wolf attack in Virginia.

If proven guilty, Williams faces a maximum penalty of 20 years behind bars. The preliminary hearing regarding the case is set this January 4.

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