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New York Business Owner Charged in Attempt to Support Islamic State Militants

The Islamic State "will one day rule the world with the will of Allah."

FILE- In this June 2, 2014, file photo provided by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Mufid Elfgeeh, of Rochester, N.Y., is shown. Elfgeeh, who was accused of plotting to kill members of the U.S. military and others, is now facing new charges that he tried to aid the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Monroe County Sheriff's Office, File) AP Photo/Monroe County Sheriff's Office, File

Federal prosecutors have charged the owner of a New York food market with terror-related counts after the FBI said he attempted to persuade two individuals to join the Islamic State.

Authorities announced Tuesday that Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, who they say also attempted to purchase firearms to kill members of the U.S. military returning from overseas, had been charged, according to ABC News.

FILE- In this June 2, 2014, file photo provided by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Mufid Elfgeeh, of Rochester, N.Y., is shown. (AP Photo/Monroe County Sheriff's Office, File)

Elfgeeh, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was initially arrested in May. His firearm related charges were made public in June as the FBI continued their investigation, WNBC-TV reported.

According to the grand jury indictment handed down Tuesday, The 30-year-old Rochester man had posted tweets praising the Islamic State.

The Islamic State "will one day rule the world with the will of Allah," he allegedly said in one message.

Two FBI informants built a relationship with Elfgeeh, who did not know they were members of the authorities. Elfgeeh allegedly encouraged them to travel to Syria and join militants. According to the FBI, the 30-year-old even helped the two financially and attempted to set up contacts for them overseas.

Late last year, Elfgeeh allegedly told an informant he was "thinking about doing something here" in the U.S., ABC News reported.

He has been indicted on seven terror-related charges, including attempted murder and the aiding of terrorists.

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