The feds have launched an overseas manhunt for an eighth suspect connected to a North Carolina group charged with plotting terror attacks abroad.
A federal indictment said the suspect went to Pakistan in October to wage "violent jihad," and law enforcement sources told The Associated Press they believe he's still there.
North Carolina U.S. Attorney George Holding would not say who the suspect was or where they're looking for him but predicted he will be "apprehended shortly."
Seven men, including a father and two sons, were arrested Monday in Raleigh, N.C., on charges of conducting military-style training in the U.S. and "conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons abroad."
The indictment does not say where those planned attacks were to take place or whom they targeted.
"It's clear from the indictment that the overt acts in the conspiracy were escalating," Holding said.
The feds named Daniel Boyd, 39, as the ringleader, and said he recruited his two sons, Zakariya, 20, and Dylan, 22, along with Anes Subasic, 33; Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22, and Ziyad Yaghi, 21. Kosovo native Hysen Sherifi, 24, was also charged.
If convicted, the defendants could face life in prison.
In 1991, Boyd and his brother were convicted of bank robbery in Pakistan and membership in an Afghan guerrilla group. They were sentenced to have a foot and hand cut off, a punishment later overturned.
In March 2006, Boyd traveled to Gaza and tried to introduce one of his sons to individuals who believed violent jihad was a personal religious obligation, the indictment said.
Boyd lived in a rural area south of Raleigh, where he and his family operated a dry-wall business.
His wife, Sabrina, said in a statement issued through the Muslim American Society in Raleigh, that the charges have not been substantiated.
"We are ordinary family," she said. "We have the right to justice, and we believe that justice will prevail. We are decent people who care about other human beings."With News Wire Services
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