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Man charged with planning New Year's Eve terror attack

Published 31/12/2015

Emanuel Lutchman has been charged with attempting to provide material support to terrorists
Emanuel Lutchman has been charged with attempting to provide material support to terrorists

A US man has been arrested on charges he was planning a New Year's Eve attack at a bar to prove to Islamic State (IS) he was worthy to join it in Syria.

Emanuel Lutchman, 25, of Rochester, New York, was charged with attempting to provide material support to terrorists after being snared in an FBI sting, prosecutors said.

Lutchman is a self-professed convert to Islam who claimed to receive direction from an overseas IS member and planned to carry out an attack at a bar in the Rochester area, a federal complaint says.

The FBI said Lutchman had an accomplice who was actually working for the agency. They bought knives and a machete for the attack.

Lutchman was arrested on Wednesday.

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