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Minnesota (United States), Mar 20 (Canadian-Media): Arrest of a Pakistani doctor, Muhammad Masood, 28, at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) was made for allegedly trying to help terror group ISIS by his desire to conduct “lone wolf” terrorist attacks in the United States, media reports said.
Masood made his initial appearance before Magistrate Judge David T. Schultz in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was ordered to remain in custody pending a formal detention hearing on March 24, according to a statement issued by the US Department of Justice.
Masood, a licensed medical doctor in Pakistan, was formerly employed as a Research Coordinator for a medical clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, under an H-1B Visa.
Several attempts had been made by him between January 2020 and March 2020, including pledging his allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) and its leader, and expressing his desire to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS.
On Feb. 21 Masood flew from Chicago, Illinois to Amman, Jordan, and from there planned to travel to Syria but he had to change his travel plans on March 16 because Jordan's borders were closed to incoming travel due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Masood traveled from Rochester to MSP on March 19, 2020 to board a flight for Los Angeles, California but as he checked in for his flight was arrested by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.