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BOISE -- Lawyers for an Uzbek national charged with terrorism in Idaho and Utah have asked a judge to let them withdraw from the case, but they won't publicly say why.

Fazliddin Kurbanov of Boise faces federal charges including teaching people to build bombs to target public transportation.

Richard Rubin and Thomas Monaghan, his federally-appointed defenders, now want off his case.

In a motion late Monday, Rubin and Monaghan requested substitute counsel be appointed immediately.

Their reasoning for leaving was filed under seal and isn't publicly available.

Kurbanov, who came to Idaho in 2009 as a refugee, is charged with felonies in Idaho and Utah after an extensive investigation into his activities since last year.

Prosecutors say he sought to assist a militant group in his home country in central Asia.

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