Florida man pleads not guilty in alleged terror plot

August 12, 2013 23:42

Aug 12 (Reuters) - A 19-year-old Florida man pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join an al Qaeda-affiliated group and receive military training as part of a holy war, or jihad.

Shelton Thomas Bell faces up to 30 years in federal prison if convicted on two counts of conspiring and attempting to provide material to support terrorists.

According to the indictment in U.S. District Court in Jacksonville, Bell devised a plan to travel to Yemen to join al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which the United States regards as one of the most dangerous militant groups in the Middle East.

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