New Yorkers plead not guilty to IS-inspired charges

 Two New Yorkers pleaded not guilty to charges of supporting the Islamic State extremist group and assaulting federal officers in a fleeting 10-minute hearing on Thursday.

AFP| Updated: Aug 20, 2015, 22:42 PM IST

New York: Two New Yorkers pleaded not guilty to charges of supporting the Islamic State extremist group and assaulting federal officers in a fleeting 10-minute hearing on Thursday.

Fareed Mumuni, 21, and Munther Omar Saleh, 20, were arrested separately in June after they both tried to attack officers with a knife and were netted in a sweep of suspected IS sympathizers.

Mumuni pleaded not guilty to five counts, which included attempted murder of a federal officer and conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Saleh, a former aeronautics college student, pleaded not guilty to four charges, which included assault of a federal officer.

Prosecutors requested a 90-day delay before the next pre-trial conference to make available what they called "extensive" classified and unclassified evidence to the defense.

They say Mumuni intended to travel to IS-controlled territory and that Saleh planned to bomb a New York landmark or tourist attraction.

The head of the FBI, James Comey, told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in July that upwards of 200 Americans have traveled or attempted to travel to Syria to join IS.