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Authorities Arrest Reno Man With Alleged Ties to Terrorism

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Tuesday, Local and federal authorities announced the arrest of a Reno man, who they say is an international terrorist.

According to the indictment, 39-year-old Balwinder Singh, has ties to a couple terrorist groups from India and Pakistan.

Singh is charged with providing material to support terrorism groups Babbar Khalsa International and Khalistan Zindabad Force.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden for the District of Nevada said those groups have committed violence in India.

He said their goal is to force the Indian government to allow them to create a Sikh state of Khalistan.

"These groups also target for assassination persons and government officials who are considered traitors and government officials it considers responsible atrocities against the Sikhs."

Bogden said Singh was a citizen of India, who fled to the United States and claimed asylum.

He said Singh eventually received a permanent resident card from the U.S. and became a Reno resident.

Bogden said they aren't sure when Singh began associating with terrorists, but it was no later than 1997.

There are many details in the indictment connecting Reno to India.

"It alleges that Singh sent money from Reno to co-conspirators in India for the purchase of weapons that would be provided to members of the BKI and KZF to promote acts of terrorism in India," said Bogden.

Singh's been arrested for charges on conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim persons in a foreign country and that's just one of six counts he is facing.

Singh could get life in prison, if convicted.

He is scheduled to appear before a United States Magistrate Judge this Friday.

It's also important to note, there is no evidence Singh was planning any attacks here on U.S. soil.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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