The older brother of a North Carolina man accused of recruiting and training would-be terrorists doesn't believe sibling Daniel Boyd intended to wage "violent jihad" abroad.

Robert Boyd says the federal charges sound "like another attempt to associate Islam with terrorism."

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Boyd spoke to The Associated Press from his home in Minnesota and called the situation his brother faces "ludicrous." He described his younger brother as an "upstanding young man."

Authorities say 39-year-old Daniel Boyd bought guns and led a group of men who were planning to kidnap, kill and maim people abroad.

Boyd was arrested Monday along with six others — including two of his sons — accused of being the group's ringleader.