Three men suspected of joining ISIS have been arrested on Wednesday. All three are residents of New York. Two of them are citizens of Uzbekistan, the other is of Kazakhstan. They were traveling to Syria to “wage jihad” orchestrated by ISIS, the Justice Department announced.
They were even willing to assassinate President Obama if ordered to do so.
The three men have been identified as Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19 (citizen of Kazakhstan), Abror Habibov, 30, (citizen of Uzbekistan), and Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24 (citizen of Uzbekistan). All are residents of Brooklyn, New York.
They were tracked down by law enforcement last summer while giving supportive comments in Uzbek-language website Hilofatnews.com. The complaint points out that the comments were calls for readers to join terror groups.
Saidakhmetov and Juraboev appeared in Brooklyn’s federal court late Wednesday; Habibov appeared in Florida.
According to ABC News, all three men are under the watch by law enforcements for a considerable period of time. Saidakhmetov had expressed willingness to join the U.S. Military with an ulterior motive of providing defense information to terrorists or opening fire to American troops. He was arrested from the John F. Kennedy International Airport while trying to board a plane bound to Istanbul. Juraboev, too, had plans to move out of US to join the militants, while Habibov had been helping Saidakhmetov’s trip, the complaint said.
Saidakhmetov reportedly said in January, as recorded in the complaint, “I will just go and buy a machine gun, AK-47, go out and shoot all police.”
Saidakhmetov also reportedly said, “It is legal in America to carry a gun. We will go and purchase one handgun…then go and shoot one police officer…Boom…Then we will take his gun, bullets and a bulletproof vest…then we will do the same with a couple others. Then we will go to the FBI headquarters, kill the FBI people…”
If convicted, they will face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.