New charges in Boston beheading plot to support Islamic State

WASHINGTON – Two New England men accused of plotting to behead Massachusetts police officers in support of the militant group Islamic State were receiving instructions from one of the group’s cyber experts, according to a new indictment released on Thursday.

A grand jury in federal court in Massachusetts added conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries to the charges

against David Wright, 26, of Massachusetts, and Nicholas Rovinski, 25, of Rhode Island. According to the new indictment, Rovinski has continued to support Islamic State while in jail by trying to recruit others to “decapitate non-believers” and take down the US government and by writing a new pledge of support to the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, on the back of his own criminal complaint. Rovinski and Wright pleaded not guilty to the original charge of conspiring to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization after they were arrested in June, and they were due to face trial in February 2017.



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