US soldier accused of planning attack on own unit

A US soldier has been charged with terrorism offences for planning a deadly ambush on his unit by sending information to a neo-Nazi group.

Ethan Melzer, 22, stands accused of sending sensitive details about his unit to the Order of Nine Angles.

The US Department of Justice calls it an “occult-based neo-Nazi and racially motivated violent extremist group”.

New followers must spend at least six months in “insight roles,” a practice of infiltrating and subverting other religious groups or organisations like the police and army.

“Melzer allegedly attempted to orchestrate a murderous ambush on his own unit by unlawfully revealing its location, strength, and armaments to a neo-Nazi, anarchist, white supremacist group.”

“Melzer declared himself to be a traitor against the United States, and described his own conduct as tantamount to treason. We agree,” said FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr.

UK anti-racism campaigners Hope Not Hate used its annual State of Hate report to call for the Order of Nine Angles to be banned.

Article URL : https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53145806

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