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Nevada Man Charged With Helping Terrorism Groups
Reno, Nevada (CNN) A Nevada man is accused of providing support to terrorism groups in India and Pakistan.
39-year-old Balwinder Singh was arrested in Reno Tuesday.
He's facing charges of conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim persons in a foreign country, among other charges.
Authorities say he was part of two groups who allegedly targeted people they consider traitors to the Sikh religion.
"The indictment alleges that Singh is a member of two terrorist organizations, Babbar Khalsa International, BKI and Khalistan Zindabad Force, otherwise known as KZF, whose members are comprised of the Sikh religion and aim to establish an independent Sikh state in part of the Punjab region known as Khalistan," explains Daniel Bogden, Nevada U.S. Attorney.
According to the indictment, Singh was a citizen of India and fled to the United States where he claimed asylum.
He eventually obtained a permanent resident card.
He is accused of using a false identity and obtaining false documents in the U.S. so that he could travel to India without getting caught by authorities there.
Singh is scheduled to appear in court Friday.
If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.