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Alleged Financier of ISIS Plot Operated Kiosk at Dover Mall

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC/AP) - One of three men charged with plotting to help the Islamic State militant group once ran a kiosk at a Delaware mall, authorities said Thursday.

Dover Police Department spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman said local authorities were alerted by the FBI last year that Abror Habibov, 30, who operated a cell phone repair kiosk at the Dover Mall, was the target of an investigation.

"The FBI made us aware early in the investigation they had an investigation going on in the Dover area," Hoffman told WBOC.

Hoffman said local police were not involved in the investigation.

"I just know they were conducting surveillance operations in the area," he told the AP.

According to a criminal complaint filed in New York federal court this week, Habibov operated kitchenware and ccell phonerepair kiosks in several mall locations along the East Coast, including Jacksonville, Florida; Savannah, Georgia; Philadelphia; Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Chesapeake, Virginia. Federal authorities claim he employed co-defendant Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, last year at kiosks in Philadelphia, Savannah and Chesapeake.

According to court documents obtained by WBOC, Dover Country Club, an apartment complex on the town's west side, sued Habibov was sued over the summer. The AP reports this was right around the time federal authorities say he and his co-defendants began conspiring to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

Those same court records show multiple correspondences about the suit were sent to Habibov but were returned as undeliverable with no forwarding address.

In a letter dated Aug. 7, the property manager for Dover Country Club apartments informed Habibov that he had five days to pay August rent of $849 and late fees of $41.70.

According to the federal criminal complaint, Habibov, described as a Brooklyn, New York, resident, began plotting with Saidakhmetov and Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, on or about Aug. 8 to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

Saidakhmetov was arrested at Kennedy Airport in New York, where he was attempting to board a flight to Istanbul with plans to head to Syria, authorities said. Juraboev, who had a ticket to travel to Istanbul next month, was arrested in Brooklyn.

Habibov, who is accused of helping fund Saidakhmetov's efforts, was arrested in Jacksonville.

All three men are being held without bail. If convicted, they face up to of 15 years in prison.

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