Fox59 has reported an arrest that took place in connection with the international terrorist group, ISIS, on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at 8.15 p.m. EDT. The FBI and Brownsburg, Indiana, police officers took 18-year-old Akram Musleh into custody on federal terrorism charges. Court documents indicated that the boy had allegedly attempted to provide assistance to ISIS and sought membership in the group.
He was arrested shortly after 2:00 p.m., before he could flee Indianapolis to Morocco, stated the officials. The FBI provided details of the antecedents that raised suspicion about the possible radicalization of the 18-year-old and, ultimately, his arrest.
According to the authorities, Musleh first became a suspect after he posted YouTube videos of Anwar Al-Awlaki. In August 2013, the videos were discovered by the FBI. The teenager claimed to have obtained them from a close family member in order to enhance his knowledge and understanding of Islam. However, his lie was discovered when he purchased an ISIS flag online in May 2014. Musleh had a photograph of himself posing in front of the flag in mid-June 2015, thereby raising the eyebrows of the law enforcement officials.
The FBI confirmed that Musleh had made three unsuccessful attempts to join ISIS in 2015. Also, there was an accounting of his recent online behavior, which casts doubt on the harmlessness of his intentions. This included gathering information about the attack modus operandi of ISIS. Furthermore, he conducted extensive research on recipes of explosive chemicals and instructions on constructing explosive devices.
If convicted, Musleh could be imprisoned for 20 years. Should he be released, he would be required to live under stringent supervision, which would only take place after he paid a $250,000 fine.
Written by Bashar Saajid
Edited by Cathy Milne
Fox59: Indiana man, 18, arrested on terrorism charges, accused of attempting to join ISIS
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