Fazliddin Kurbanov, a 30-year-old Uzbekistan national, has been charged in connection with a federal terrorism investigation in Idaho and Utah. He was arrested this morning in Boise, where he lives as a legal immigrant.
Kurbanov is scheduled for his first court appearance tomorrow in Boise, Idaho. After his Idaho prosecution he'll be moved to Utah.
Here's what you should know about him. This is a breaking story. Stay tuned for updates.
1. He Allegedly Supported a Terrorist Organization
According to the DOJ, it is alleged "that between August 2012 and May 2013, Kurbanov knowingly conspired with unnamed co-conspirators to provide material support and resources to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, a designated foreign terrorist organization. The indictment alleges that the material support and resources included himself, computer software and money."
2. He Allegedly Taught Terrorists to Make Bombs and Was Found with Bomb Materials
According to the DOJ, the charges allege that:
...from about Jan. 14, 2013, continuing through Jan. 24, 2013, Kurbanov taught and demonstrated how to make explosive devices and distributed information relating to the manufacture and use of an explosive or weapon of mass destruction with the intent that the teaching, demonstration and information be used for, and in furtherance of, an activity that would constitute a federal crime of violence.
The indictment alleges the defendant showed internet videos, conducted instructional shopping trips, provided written recipes and gave verbal instructions on where to obtain the necessary components to construct and use improvised explosive devices. The indictment also alleges that Kurbanov intended that the videos, written recipes, verbal instructions and shopping trips be used for training in the construction and use of explosive devices to commit a crime of violence, such as the use of weapons of mass destruction; bombings of a place of public use, a public transportation system or infrastructure facility; or destroying a building in interstate commerce.
His pupils / co-conspirators have not been named.
According to the DOJ, the charges state:
...on or about Nov.15, 2012, Kurbanov possessed a destructive device consisting of a combination of parts intended for use in converting any device into a destructive device and from which a destructive device could be readily assembled. According to the indictment, the parts were a hollow hand grenade, hobby fuse, aluminum powder, potassium nitrate and sulfur.
3. Kurbanov Had a "Fairly Clean Record"
Kurbanov has a fairly clean record as Gem State. Court records indicate he's only been cited for two instances of speeding and one time for driving without insurance. FBI has since been searching an apartment believed to be linked to Fazliddin Kurbanov. The apartment is across the stress from Borah High School in Boise Idaho (shown in map below).
4. He Was Indicted by Two Grand Juries in Two States: Utah and Idaho
Kurbanov was indicted by grand juries in both Utah and Idaho. His charges in Utah are "one count of distribution of information relating to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction." His charges is Idaho are "one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and one count of possessing an unregistered destructive device." If convicted on the Idaho charges, Kurbanov faces a maximum of 15 years in prison on each of the conspiracy counts and 10 years in prison on the possession of an unregistered destructive device count.
5. A YouTube Channel of Someone With the Same Name is Full of Ultra-Religious Videos
A YouTuber named "Fazliddin Kurbanov" hailing from Uzbekistan has uploaded several religious videos and "favorited" 189 videos — most of them also religious.
The YouTuber joined the site on April 20, 2011, and his last activity was four days ago, when he favorited 27 videos.
His last comment was left one week ago on this video (below), from the account of Ahmadi Qobil Umarov: