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Azizi-Yarand had been talking online with an undercover FBI confidential human source about his desire to either “make Hijrah [travel],” or to conduct a terroristic attack within the United States.

A Plano teenager was arrested for planning and trying to recruit others to commit an ISIS-inspired mass shooting at a Texas shopping mall, Stonebriar.

According to authorities, Plano West High School student Matin Azizi-Yarand, 17, planned the attack for mid-May after being inspired by ISIS. At the time of his arrest, Azizi-Yarand sent more than $1,400 to others for the purchase of weapons and tactical gear.

Azizi-Yarand had been talking online with an undercover FBI confidential human source about his desire to either “make Hijrah [travel],” or to conduct a terroristic attack within the United States.

Through several conversations online, it was uncovered that Azizi-Yarand wanted to act as a lone wolf. He wanted to wait until he was 18 to carry out this attack so he could purchase a rifle himself, according to affidavits.

“I’ve only been reading ISIS magazine guides for performing operations and making bombs,” Azizi-Yarand told the undercover federal agent.

Affidavits show throughout several other online conversations, Azizi-Yarand sent the agent various types of ISIS propaganda.

“I’d like to actually make a cop surrender and drop his gun, then douse him with gasoline and burn him … record it,” Azizi-Yarand said during talks about the mall shooting.

Under Texas state law, if convicted Azizi-Yarand could face up to life in prison for criminal solicitation and up to 10 years for making a terroristic threat.

Authorities say he had written and planned to release what he called a “Message to America,” which explained the reasons for his attack.

The following letter was sent to Plano ISD students regarding the Azizi-Yarand incident:

Dear Parents,

In an effort to keep our student and parent community informed, I am writing to provide some details concerning an incident that occurred yesterday at Plano West Senior High School. Shortly before noon, law enforcement officials from the FBI and Plano Police Department served an arrest warrant on a student at the campus. The student was arrested without incident. Law enforcement officials have confirmed that the offense for which the student was arrested was unrelated to Plano West, Plano ISD or any fellow students.

Because this matter involves a criminal investigation unrelated to the district, any additional details regarding the arrest, investigation or pending charges should be requested from the FBI and/or the Plano Police Department.

Sincerely,

Joseph L. Parks

Executive Director

Safety and Security Services

Plano Independent School District

Azizi-Yarand’s bond is set at $3 million.

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