Federal grand jury returns indictment charging Pakistani doctor working in Minnesota with attempting to help ISIS
A federal grand jury has returned a single-count indictment against a Rochester man.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 28-year-old Muhammad Masood is charged with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. He was originally charged in a criminal complaint in March and is in custody at Sherburne County Jail.
According to the indictment, Masood was a licensed medical doctor in Pakistan and was formerly employed as a research coordinator at a clinic in Rochester under an H-1B visa. Between January and March of this year, he allegedly made several statements to others, including pledging allegiance to ISIS and its leader, and expressing a desire to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS.
It also alleges Masood expressed a desire to conduct "lone wolf" terrorist attacks in the U.S. He was arrested by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force on March 19 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as he planned to fly to Los Angeles and then meet with an individual to travel to ISIS territory via cargo ship.