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Feds: New York man attempted to join ISIS

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Authorities in western New York say they've arrested a man on a charge of attempting to support the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul identified the man as Arafat Nagi, 44, of Lackawanna, New York.

Nagi is scheduled to be in court Wednesday to face a charge of attempting to support a terrorist organization. Authorities say his social media posts and travel records were checked out as part of the investigation.

Hochul said Nagi traveled from Lackawanna to Turkey on two separate occasions with the intention of joining ISIS.

Before the trips, authorities say he purchased numerous items of military combat gear, including body armor, night vision goggles and a tactical vest.

Federal authorities say they were tipped off by a resident who heard Nagi talking about his jihadi beliefs.

Police executed a search warrant Wednesday morning at Nagi's home in the neighboring city of Lackawanna.