Converted Hindu youth gets 5-year jail term in US for hiding terror plans

A Hindu youth who was converted to Islam and had contemplated terror attack was awarded 5-year imprisonment by a US court for “lying to the US Army”. According to Jihadi Watch, in joining the Army, Shivam Patel wanted to become another Nidal Malik Hasan, the Muslim U.S. Army Major who murdered 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009”. Patel expressed “support for Maj. Nidal Hasan, who fatally shot 13 soldiers in 2009 while serving at Fort Hood in Texas, calling the attack ‘completely justified’ as he believed that Hasan died a martyr and he wanted to become one too.”

Patel traveled to Jordan to join Islamic State but could not make it. He then tried to join the US Army to carry out terror activities. Patel, 28, also was ordered to pay $4,000 in fines in connection with two counts of making false statements during his military application process. Patel had traveled to China in July 2016 to teach English. After witnessing the way the Chinese treated the Muslims, he got dejected and wanted to join Islamic State. He told an FBI official that he wanted to join IS to do something “bigger, better, and more purposeful,” like dying in the cause of Allah.

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