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North Texas teen denies planning ISIS-inspired mass shooting

A North Texas teen accused of planning an ISIS-inspired mass shooting denies ever plotting to attack a shopping mall. (Image/video courtesy: KDFW / Newspath)

A North Texas teen accused of planning an ISIS-inspired mass shooting denies ever plotting to attack a shopping mall.

Matin Azizi-Yarand faces criminal solicitation and making a terroristic threat charges.

The FBI says the 17-year-old sent more than $1,400 to undercover agents. He hoped they would help him buy assault rifles, ammo and tactical gear. Police uncovered a manifesto that includes his pledge of allegiance to ISIS.

In a jailhouse interview, he responded to most of the questions with "no comment." When Azizi-Yarand was asked if he considered himself an ISIS sympathizer, he said "no comment." It was his same reply when asked about the manifesto he allegedly wrote.

The FBI thinks Azizi-Yarand wanted to carry out the attack during the holy month of Ramadan, which starts later this month.

He's being held at the Collin County jail on a $3 million bond. Online jail records don't indicate that he has an attorney. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

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