Parveg Ahmed, 22, of New York City has been arrested on charges he tried to join the Islamic State terrorist group.
A criminal complaint unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn today alleges that Ahmed not only sent messages on social media about his support of ISIS, he traveled to Saudi Arabia in June with others in a failed attempt to join the militant group.
BREAKING: Sessions DOJ announces arrest of Parveg Ahmed, a 22-year-old US citizen from Queens, NY, for trying to join ISIS. pic.twitter.com/qOk0EOSzNO
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“This man betrayed his own country to allegedly take up arms against it in the name of ISIS,” stated HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Melendez.
“Parveg Ahmed attempted to travel to Syria aligning himself with ISIS instead of his fellow Americans. Like others before him who chartered a similar path to join this violent terror group, Ahmed now finds his journey ends the same way – in a New York courtroom answering for his actions,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney.
“Mr. Ahmed also took extraordinary measures to destroy the electronic foot print he created,” said Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill.
U.S. officials say he was detained in an unnamed country bordering Syria and sent back to New York City on Monday night.