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American man on way to Pak to join LeT arrested at US airport

WASHINGTON: A 29-year-old New York City guy has been arrested while he was about to catch a flight to Pakistan to sign up for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), in a deadly signal that the Pakistan-based terror workforce, which performed the 26/11 Mumbai terror assault, has expanded its tentacles in the US.

In some other example of rising influence of the LeT in the US and radicalisation of American youths, a youngster in Texas was charged by the FBI with the usage of social media to recruit people on behalf of the phobia workforce and send them to Pakistan for terrorist training.

Federal prosecutors on Friday announced that they arrested the Manhattan guy, Jesus Wilfredo Encarnacion, on Thursday evening at John F Kennedy International Airport as he was about to board a global flight with Pakistan being his final destination.

Prosecutors say Encarnacion went online to check out to sign up for the terrorist organisation. Encarnacion allegedly advised an unnamed co-conspirator in November that he wanted to hook up with Pakistani terror workforce which performed the 2008 Mumbai assaults that killed 166 people.

“I wish to execute. I wish to behead. Shoot,” Encarnacion advised an undercover agent, the complaint alleges.

"Encarnacion allegedly attempted to travel to Pakistan to join a foreign terrorist organisation and conspired with another individual to provide that organisation with material support," said Assistant Attorney General John Demers.

Encarnacion aka "Jihadistsoldgier", "Jihadinhear", "Jihadinheart" and "Lionofthegood," plotted to commute to Pakistan to sign up for and educate with LeT, said US Attorney Geoffrey Berman.

"Encarnacion not only expressed a desire to "execute and behead people," he scheduled travel and almost boarded a plane so he could go learn how to become a terrorist," said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney Jr.

In the southern state of Texas, 18-year-old Michael Kyle Sewell was charged by the FBI with the usage of social media to recruit people on behalf of the LeT and send them to Pakistan for terrorist training.

The arrest of the New Yorker and the costs towards the Texas teenager - who do not appear to be of South Asian beginning as has been the case in earlier such arrests - has set the alarm bells ringing a few of the legislation enforcement agencies in the US.

The arrests have thrown the spotlight on problems with homegrown terrorism and radicalisation of American youths, a state of affairs that government have dreaded put up Mumbai-terrorist assault.

Based out of Pakistan, the LeT is a UN and US designated world terrorist organisation and has performed several terrorist assaults within India, together with the Mumbai terrorist assault in 2008 that took the lives of 166 people together with several Americans.

"These organisations are using the internet and social media to appeal to the most barbaric impulses in people, and train them to kill," Sweeney Jr added.

According to NYPD Police Commissioner James O'Neill, one in every of Encarnacion's mentioned motives for travelling in a foreign country was to get the learning and revel in he believed he had to in the future go back to the United States and perform assaults.

Meanwhile, Sewell, who encouraged and recruited an individual to sign up for the LeT hails from Fort Worth city and met the person.

"Sewell allegedly used social media to recruit and encourage an individual to travel overseas to join a foreign terrorist organization and conspired with that person to provide material support to that organisation," Demers said.

According to the prison complaint, Sewell supplied the co-conspirator with touch knowledge of an individual he believed may facilitate the commute to Pakistan.

Unbeknownst to Sewell and his partner, the facilitator was an undercover FBI agent, the federal prosecutors said.

Sewell had even coached the co-conspirator on the way to convince the facilitator that he was trustworthy in his desire to battle for the LeT, they added.

The youngster additionally contacted the facilitator to vouch for the co-conspirator's authenticity and advised either one of them that he would kill the coconspirator if he turned out to be a secret agent.

The co-conspirator then contacted the facilitator and made arrangements to commute to Pakistan, the prison complaint said

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