An South Carolina teen appeared in federal court Friday following his arrest on charges for attempting to join the Islamic State
Zakaryia Abdin, 18, of Ladson, South Carolina, was arrested at the Charleston International Airport on Thursday evening by special agents of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) before he boarded a flight, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Crick.
Investigators have reason to suspect Abdin was attempting to travel overseas to join the terrorist organization, added Crick.
The Syria-born teen is being charged with “attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization,” according to a press release from the Department of Justice.
Police officials confirmed on Friday that Abdin was accused two years ago of plotting to kill American soldiers, reports The Post and Courier. He was arrested in York County in 2015, at age 16, and was later sentenced to five years in a juvenile prison on a gun charge and allegedly plotting to rob a gun store in an act of revenge for American military action in the Middle East, says York Police Chief Andy Robinson.
The report states that Abdin was not charged with a federal crime in 2o15 and a parole board even agreed to his early release last year, despite police officials pleading to keep him locked up because he posed a threat to the community.
Abdin is currently being detained at the Charleston County jail. He made his first appearance in a U.S. District Court Friday morning in Charleston, South Carolina, following his arrest Thursday night.
The investigation is being carried out by the FBI-JTTF. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Kittrell of the District of South Carolina and Trial Attorney Jennifer Burke of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section are prosecuting the case.
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