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Texas man charged with recruiting on behalf of terror group

February 8, 2019

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Federal authorities have charged an 18-year-old Texas man with recruiting fighters on behalf of a Pakistan-based terrorist organization.

A criminal complaint filed in federal court in Fort Worth says Michael Kyle Sewell was charged Friday with conspiring to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

The complaint alleges Sewell tried to recruit another person to join Lashkar-e-Taiba, the militant group behind a 2008 attack in India’s financial capital of Mumbai that killed 166.

Authorities say Sewell put the person in contact with another person who he thought would facilitate overseas travel to join the terror group.

But authorities say that third person was an undercover FBI agent.

It’s not clear when Sewell was taken into custody or whether he has an attorney to speak on his behalf.

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This story has been corrected to show the terror group is known as Lashkar-e-Taiba, not Lashkar-a-Taiba.