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US: the Uzbek man serving sentence in terror plot stabbed warden

LOS ANGELES – An Uzbek refugees serving 25 years behind bars for a plot to kill AMERICAN soldiers or citizens, is charged with the stabbing of the warden at the California federal prison where he was serving his sentence, prosecutors said Thursday.

Fazliddin Kurbanov, 34, was indicted Wednesday on charges that the attempt to murder a federal official. Kurbanov is accused of using a homemade knife to the attack of the warden at the federal correctional facility in Victorville, California, in May 2016, according to the officers of justice.

The warden, Calvin Johnson, was seriously injured but has since recovered, prosecutors said. He now works at another Federal Bureau of Prisons facility.

Kurbanov was convicted last year of conspiracy and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and possession of a non-destructive device.

Prosecutors said that the Russian-speaking driver who fled Uzbekistan in 2009 had downloaded jihad and martyrdom video from a terrorist web site and communicated with a terrorist organization, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. Authorities monitored his communications, and arrested him in 2013.

Kurbanov purchased bags of fertilizer and other bomb-making materials and had an unwavering commitment to kill personnel at a military base or civilians on a crowded Fourth of July celebration in downtown Boise, Idaho, authorities said.

He also discussed focusing on the West Point Military Academy in New York, according to the prosecutors.

Kurbanov had maintained his innocence in the case.

On its January 2016 sentencing, he told a federal judge, “I have never been a terrorist.”

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