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No bail for man charged with trying to support IS group

BUFFALO — A judge has denied bail for a western New York man accused of attempting to support terrorism by buying combat gear, making overseas trips and declaring his allegiance online to the Islamic State group.

A federal judge on Friday agreed with the government that Arafat Nagi is too much of a flight risk and too dangerous to the community to be released following his arrest Wednesday at his Lackawanna home.

Nagi’s lawyer argued that the 44-year-old man did nothing illegal by traveling twice to Turkey, buying combat clothing and posting statements online.

But prosecutors say that taken together, his actions show that Nagi was prepared to fight for the Islamic State group in Syria.

The case will now go to a grand jury.