Bronx Man Faces Terror Charge Following Arrest At JFK Airport

July 26, 2019 - 5:41 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) — A Bronx man accused of trying to join the Taliban overseas was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday morning, according to federal authorities.

A 19-page complaint laid out 33-year-old Delowar Hossain’s plan to join the terror organization and kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.

Authorities say Hossain made a reservation to fly to Pakistan by way of Thailand. He was arrested when he went to board his flight at the airport around 6:30 a.m., WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.

The FBI had reportedly been investigating the 33-year-old for some time. Investigators say they have recorded conversations in which Hossain allegedly said he wanted to “take a machine gun and just shoot everybody.”

Hossain's preparations included buying equipment like walkie-talkies and trekking gear, prosecutors said. He instructed the informant to save enough money “to buy some weapons” once they reached Afghanistan, it added.

Authorities do not believe he posed a threat in the U.S. or New York City. He is charged with attempting to provide material support for terrorism.

The case follows a series of arrests of self-radicalized terror suspects on charges they tried to join or support the Islamic State group by making contacts on social media.

FBI official William Sweeney said in a statement: “The lure of radical ideologies comes from many sources, and just because the Taliban may seem like an old and out of vogue extremist group, it shouldn't be underestimated.”

(© 2019 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)