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Virginia man charged with trying to aid Islamic State group

SUFFOLK, Va. – A Virginia man is indicted for an attempt to help the Islamic State group purchase of weapons and ammunition.

The U. S. Attorney’s Office for eastern Virginia, said in a statement on Thursday that the 26-year-old Lionel Nelson Williams of Suffolk, was Wednesday arrested.

Charging documents state Williams sent money to someone who works for the FBI in whom he believed, was the collection of money for the group and also spoke of his support for the organization on Facebook.

The statement said Williams ordered an AK-47 assault rifle on an online gun dealer a day after the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, California, in 2015. He also said an AK-47 and a pistol were recovered from his house.

U. S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Joshua Stueve, said Williams missed a lawyer at his first appearance Thursday.

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