Central Texas Student Pleads Guilty To Terrorism Charges

A 23-year-old university student from Central Texas accused of attempting to support terrorists overseas is facing a prison sentence after pleading guilty to federal charges.

Rahatul Ashikim Khan (Jail photo)

AUSTIN (July 2, 2014) Rahatul Ashikim Khan, 23, of Round Rock, who attends the University of Texas, was facing as much as 15 years in prison Wednesday, after pleading guilty Tuesday in Austin, prosecutors said.

Khan was arrested in June at his home in Round Rock.

He was accused of conspiring with others from March 2011 to January 2012 to recruit people to travel overseas to support terrorist activities including violent jihad, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors say Khan was recruiting fighters to go to Somalia.

He told undercover FBI agents or informants about his desire to join Muslim insurgents, and discussed guns, training and preparing for a Third World War, prosecutors said.

Khan is a Bangladesh-born American citizen who lived with his family in Round Rock, federal records show.

Last Friday, Michael Todd Wolfe, 23, of Austin, who was arrested in June at George H.W. Bush International Airport in Houston where he was about to board a flight to Europe, pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to terrorists.

Wolfe was accused of seeking to join an al-Qaeda splinter group leading militants in Iraq.

He planned to travel to the Middle East in order “to provide his services to radical groups engaged in armed conflict, in Syria,” prosecutors said.

He could also be sentenced to as much as 15 years in prison.

The arrests of the two men were the result of an investigation involving a number of federal, state and local agencies including U.S. Army Intelligence and the Killeen Police Department.

“This case is the culmination of a long-term investigation by the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force made up of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in Central Texas. It’s a textbook example of how well law enforcement agencies in this area work together,” United States Attorney Robert Pitman said earlier.


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