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NY Bomb Plot: Second American, 20-Year-Old New Jersey Man, Arrested

NY Bomb Plot: Second American, 20-Year-Old New Jersey Man, Arrested
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NY Bomb Plot: Second American, 20-Year-Old New Jersey Man, Arrested

On Thursday, a 21-year-old New Jersey man was charged with attempting to help ISIS and conspiring with three other Americans.

Samuel Rahamin Topaz was arrested for providing “material support” to the terrorist group. The arrest occurred on Wednesday at Topaz’s home in New Jersey.

According to CNN, one of the conspirators Topaz was in contact with is Munther Omar Saleh, who was suspected to be involved in the planning of an ISIS-linked terrorist attack; and was subsequently taken into custody on June 7. Saleh, a 20-year-old student from Queens, was planning to set off a bomb in the New York metro area.

Topaz was looking to travel overseas to join ISIS. He discussed his plans with three other Americans. His communications with these Americans, whose names have not been disclosed in the filed documents, were intercepted by authorities.

If convicted, Topaz’s involvement in the conspiracy could result in a sentence of 15 years in prison in addition to a $250,000 fine.

Following last month’s attack in Garland, Texas, where two gunmen with links to ISIS opened fire at an event hosting a contest to draw the Prophet Muhammad, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been regularly monitoring suspects with alleged links to the military organization.

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