The threat of Islamic terrorism became very real for residents of a quiet Pennsylvania neighborhood on Thursday after a man was arrested and charged with providing material support to the Islamic State group.
The Department Of Justice unsealed a criminal complaint yesterday relating to the arrest of Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz, 19, of Harrisburg.
“It’s pretty crazy, when it’s right here at home. You hear it from California or Paris, but then it’s right up the street, it’s real,” one of Aziz’s neighbors told CBS-3 Philadelphia.
Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 27, killed 14 and wounded 21 in an Islamic terror attack Dec. 2 in San Bernardino, California. A Nov. 13 ISIS attack in Paris, France, killed 130.
The complaint against Aziz, revealed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, alleges he used social media to share addresses and other personal information of 100 U.S. military member personnel.
“[W]e have decided to leak 100 addresses so that our brothers residing in America can deal with you,” a group identified as Islamic State Hacking Division said in statement last March. “Kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking that they are safe.”
Aziz allegedly wanted to take the terror group up on its offer. Prosecutors say he used 57 different Twitter accounts to spread ISIS propaganda. Police confiscated a thumb drive from his apartment along with 5 M4-style high-capacity magazines, a modified knife, medication and a balaclava.
“Know Obama, that we are coming to America and know that we will sever your head in the White House,” Aziz allegedly tweeted from one of his accounts.
A tweet allegedly shared by terror suspect Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz (Photo: CBS-3 Philadelphia)
“I commend the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Pennsylvania State Police, along with local law enforcement and other members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, for their efforts in apprehending this individual for his alleged efforts to aid ISIL,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement following Aziz’s arrest, the network reported. “We understand that this individual is a U.S. citizen and his arrest is a reminder that we must remain vigilant, strong and focused on anyone here in the state who may seek to harm Pennsylvanians.”
Aziz wasn’t the only American making high-profile terrorism news Thursday. A New York pizza parlor owner pleaded guilty of recruiting for ISIS.
Mufid Elfgeeh, 31, of Rochester used three Twitter accounts, 23 Facebook accounts and a WhatsApp account in support of the terror network.
“One of the first ISIL recruiters ever captured in this country stands convicted of terrorism-related charges,” U.S. attorney William Hochul said in a statement, the Hill reported. “While our case against this defendant will conclude with a very long jail sentence, our ongoing efforts to defeat ISIL and other terrorist groups will continue until all are brought to justice.”
Elfgeeh, naturalized U.S. citizen from Yemen, sent a contact in Yemen $600 to help them reach Syria. He was arrested in May 2014 after giving two people cooperating with the FBI $1,000 in cash to buy two handguns.
Prosecutors recommended Elfgeeh receive a prison sentence to more than 22 years in prison as part of his plea agreement.
Prior to Aziz’s arrest, the most high-profile U.S. arrest came when Minnesota police apprehended and Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, 20, on Dec. 9. He is the 10th man in the Twin Cities charged with planning to join ISIS, WND reported.
Abdirizak Warsame was arrested Dec. 9, 2015, and charged with planning to join the ISIS (Photo: Facebook, Abdirizak Warsame)