Reno man arrested on international terrorism charges

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Reno man arrested on international terrorism charges

Federal officials in Northern Nevada have charged a Reno man with providing support to terrorism groups in India and Pakistan. 39-year-old Balwinder Singh was arrested Tuesday.

Investigators say Singh allegedly sent money from Reno to India to buy weapons for terrorist acts he helped plan in a conspiracy dating back to 1997. The indictment alleges that Singh belonged to two terrorist organizations, Babbar Khalsa International and Khalistan Zindabad Force.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden says that members of these groups want to establish an independent Sikh state in part of the Punjab region of India.

"These groups engage in violent crimes in India to intimidate and compel the Indian government to create the state of Khalistan."

Singh faces up to life in prison if convicted. He's due in court for his first appearance on Friday.