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Washington DC police officer in court over IS support charges

A Washington, DC police officer charged with attempting to support Islamic State has made his initial appearance in court.

Nicholas Young, 36, from Fairfax, appeared at the US District Court in Alexandria.

A magistrate appointed a public defender to represent Young after he requested a court-appointed lawyer.

The FBI said Young is the first law enforcement officer in the US to be charged under the federal government's terrorism law.

Young was wearing a T-shirt and what appeared to be his uniform trousers. Authorities say he was arrested earlier on Wednesday at the Metro Transit Police headquarters in Washington.

He said little else during the court hearing, which lasted less than five minutes. Prosecutor John Gibbs said Young could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the terrorism charge.

Court documents say Young bought nearly 250 US dollars (£188) in gift cards he intended for the Islamic State to use to purchase mobile messaging apps.

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