NEWARK, N.J. (June 6) -- Two New Jersey men who allegedly intended to kill American troops were arrested yesterday at JFK airport in New York City before boarding flights on their way to join a jihadist group in Somalia, a newspaper reported.
Mohamed Hamoud Alessa, 20, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 26, were arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport before they could board separate flights to Egypt and then continue on to Somalia, The Star-Ledger of Newark reported. The newspaper cited officials familiar with the details of the arrests who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.
Alessa, of North Bergen, and Almonte, of Elmwood Park, were charged with conspiring to commit an act of international terrorism through al-Shabaab, a violent extremist group based in Somalia and connected to al-Qaida, the officials told the newspaper. Al-Shabaab was designated by the U.S. as a terrorist group in 2008.
The FBI and the New York Police Department confirmed to The Associated Press that two men were arrested at the airport, but did not identify them or provide further details. FBI spokesman Richard Kolko in Washington said no threat was made at the airport; New York police spokesmen were not immediately available for comment.
Teams of state and federal law-enforcement agents who have been investigating Alessa and Almonte since 2006 took them into custody, the officials said. They are scheduled to appear Monday in federal court in Newark.
The arrests were made as part of an investigation known as Operation Arabian Knight. Authorities said an undercover NYPD officer had infiltrated the suspects' group of friends and was able to monitor their consumption of jihadist videos and literature, overseas travel preparations, and purchase of airline tickets, more from this source...........
Two New Jersey men tied to an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group in Somalia were busted Saturday night as they prepared to board flights at Kennedy Airport, officials said.
The two men had been under surveillance since 2006 and were being shadowed by an undercover NYPD cop who infiltrated their group and monitored them as they bought airplane tickets, the Star-Ledger reported Saturday night, citing authorities.
Mohamed Hamoud Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 26, of Elmwood Park, were both nabbed before they could board separate flights to Egypt.
"I can only confirm that two arrests were made Saturday night at JFK Airport as part of an ongoing investigation," said NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne
A team of FBI agents and NYPD officers showed up at Alessa's parents' home around 10:30 Saturday night. A half hour later, another group of agents descended on Almonte's home, the Star-Ledger reported, more from this source..........
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