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US student arrested on terror charge, eyed LA attack

Published on Mar 18, 2014 8:23 AM
A sketch of Nicholoas Teusant in a federal court in Seattle, Washington on March 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A California student was held on the US-Canada border on Monday and accused of plotting to help a terror group and join Al-Qaeda, as well as talking about attacking Los Angeles, officials said.

Nicholas Teausant, 20, who was allegedly planning to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, was charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organisation.

The National Guard reservist was arrested in the early hours near the border crossing with Canada in Blaine, Washington state, said United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner in California.

A 23-page affidavit alleges that he traveled to the "Canadian border with the intent of continuing to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a foreign terrorist organisation more widely known as Al-Qaeda in Iraq."

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