WASHINGTON, DC — A 19-year-old man from Minnesota has been indicted for conspiring and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State (ISIS), the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. The teenager was arrested after both he and three companions attempted to fly to Turkey to join ISIS.
“Hamza Ahmed is at least the fourth person from the Twin Cities charged as a result of an ongoing investigation into individuals who have traveled or are attempting to travel to Syria in order to join a foreign terrorist organization,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger for the District of Minnesota.
Hamza Naj Ahmed, 19, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been charged with 1 count of Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to a Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, 1 count of Attempting to Provide Material Support to a Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, and 1 count of Making a False Statement in a Terrorism Investigation.
According to the indictment and documents filed in court, Ahmed and three companions traveled by bus from Minneapolis to New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), where each were booked on flights scheduled to depart JFK on November 8, 2014. All three were prevented from leaving on board the planes, which flew to Istanbul, Turkey.
Ahmed allegedly made multiple false statements to FBI agents, including claims that he did not know his three companions.