Amer­i­can try­ing to join LeT held

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■ EN­CAR­NA­CION WAS ar­rested at JFK Air­port.

■ HE WAS about to board an in­ter­na­tional flight with Pak­istan be­ing his fi­nal des­ti­na­tion.

Wash­ing­ton, Feb. 9: In a dan­ger­ous sign that Pak­istan-based Lashkare-Toiba (LeT) has ex­panded its ten­ta­cles in the United States, fed­eral prose­cu­tors on Fri­day an­nounced to have ar­rested a New Yorker who was about to catch a flight to Pak­istan to join the ter­ror group.

While in Texas, the FBI charged a teenager with us­ing so­cial me­dia to re­cruit peo­ple on be­half of the LeT.

Je­sus Wil­fredo En­car­na­cion (29), was ar­rested on Thurs­day night at John F Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port (JFK Air­port) as he was about to board an in­ter­na­tional flight with Pak­istan be­ing his fi­nal des­ti­na­tion.

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

En­car­na­cion, a.k.a. “Ji­hadist­sol­dgier”, “Ji­had­in­hear”, “Ji­had­in­heart” and “Lionofthe­good,” plot­ted to travel to Pak­istan to join and train with LeT, which is in­fa­mous around the world for per­pe­trat­ing the lethal 2008 Mum­bai ter­ror at­tacks and other atroc­i­ties, said US At­tor­ney Ge­of­frey Ber­man.

A Man­hat­tan res­i­dent, En­car­na­cion not only ex­press 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, FBI As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor-in Charge Wil­liam Sweeney Jr.

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

The ar­rest of the New Yorker and the charges against the Texas teenager who do not ap­pear to be of South Asian ori­gin as has been the case in pre­vi­ous such ar­rests has set the alarm bells ring­ing among the law en­force­ment agen­cies in the US.

The ar­rests have thrown the spot­light on is­sues of home­grown ter­ror­ism and rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion of Amer­i­can youths, a sit­u­a­tion that au­thor­i­ties have dreaded post Mum­bai-ter­ror­ist at­tack.

Based out of Pak­istan, the LeT is a UN and US des­ig­nated global ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion and has car­ried out sev­eral ter­ror­ist at­tacks in­side In­dia.

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