Hawazen Sameer Mothafar
Place of Birth: Oregon, United States;
Hawazen Sameer Mothafar is an Oregon man charged from supporting the Islamic State terrorist group by distributing articles on how to kill and maim with a knife and encouraging readers to carry out attacks.
Between February 2015 until the time of his arrest, Mothafar conspired with Islamic State group members to provide support, including creating and editing publications and articles.
One piece was the “Stabbing” article which provided detailed guidance on how to best kill and maim a target in a knife attack, another, a tutorial on using explosive ignition devices entitled “How Does a Detonator Work,” and propaganda that encouraged readers to carry out attacks in their home countries if they could not travel overseas to fight.
He also is accused of providing technical support to members of the group overseas on opening social media and email accounts.
In addition, Mothafar was charged with with one count of making false statements on an immigration application and one count of making a false statement to a government agency.
In December 2019, according to the indictment, Mothafar attempted to acquire information on the piloting of a drone for Saleck Ould Cheikh Mohamedou, an Islamic extremist who was convicted of attempting to assassinate then President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania.
Mothafar is accused of providing assistance to Al Dura´a al Sunni, or Sunni Shield, a pro-Islamic State internet-based media organization that published Al-Anja newspaper, including by moderating private chat rooms.
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