A US citizen Delowar Mohammad Hossain, originally from Bangladesh, was arrested in New York on terror charges on Friday just prior to his departure, according to US media reports.
Hossain was about to board a flight to Thailand with a final destination of Afghanistan, US investigators said adding that his ultimate goal was to fight for the Taliban against US soldiers.
Investigators said the 33-year-old Delowar Mohammad Hossain was a Bronx resident and arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
It was reported that Delowar purchased an airline ticket for a flight scheduled to depart Friday from JFK Airport to Thailand for the first leg of the trip and the FBI arrested him as he attempted to board on the flight.
Investigators said he had been planning to join the Taliban since September 2018, and had been under constant surveillance by the FBI. The investigators also said they had his recorded conversations.
Delowar Mohammed Hossain is charged with attempting to provide material support for acts of terrorism, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York said in a statement.
A criminal complaint alleges that in recorded conversations with a confidential informant, he said he wanted to join the terror group and fight American forces, said Michael McGarrity, the FBI assistant director of counterterrorism.
‘Delowar Hossain had a despicable goal. He wanted to make his way to Afghanistan, join up with Taliban forces, and kill Americans. But he failed because members of the FBI's joint terrorism task force interrupted his plans,’ McGarrity was quoted in the statement.
The statement also said, ‘Hossain is charged with one count of attempting to provide material support for terrorism, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by a judge’.
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