A 29-year-old Manhattan Man was arrested at the JFK as he was trying to catch his flight to Pakistan where he was about to join the terrorist group LeT (Lakshar-e-Taiba), the LeT is the terrorist group who was behind the 26/11 Mumbai Terrorist Attacks.
The LeT has a growing influence in the young generation of America, recently a teenager was arrested in Texas after he was caught recruiting people on behalf of the terrorist organization and was planning to send them for terrorist training in Pakistan.
The 29-year-old man was identified as Jesus Wilfredo Encarnacion, this was announced by the Federal Prosecutors on Friday, and he was arrested in the JFK international airport as he was trying to catch his flight to Pakistan.
The Federal Prosecutors said that 29-year-old Jesus Wilfredo Encarnacion was caught after he tried to join the terrorist group through online. 29-year-old Jesus Wilfredo Encarnacion told a co-conspirator that is currently not yet named, that he wanted to meet the terrorist group that carried out the Mumbai Attacks in 2008, the incident where 166 people were killed.
29-year-old Jesus Wilfredo Encarnacion said this to an undercover agent: “I want to execute. I want to behead. Shoot.”
Assistant Attorney General John Demers said: “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.”
US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said that 29-year-old Jesus Wilfredo Encarnacion also known as “Jihadistsoldgier”, “Jihadinhear”, “Jihadinheart” and “Lionofthegood” planned to travel to Pakistan just to train and join the LeT.
William Sweeney Jr. the FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge said: “Encarnacion not only expressed a desire to “execute and behead people,” he scheduled to travel and almost boarded a plane so he could go learn how to become a terrorist.”
Recently, 18-year-old Michael Kyle Sewell was arrested by the FBI in Texas after he used a social media platform to recruit people on behalf of the terrorist group LeT and later on send them to Pakistan for training.
The arrests of the two men have highlighted the growth of terrorism in the young generation of the USA.
William Sweeney Jr. the FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge said “These organizations are using the internet and social media to appeal to the most barbaric impulses in people, and train them to kill.”
James O’Neill the Police Commission of the NYPD said that one of the motives of 29-year-old Jesus Wilfredo Encarnacion was to take the training in Pakistan and return to the USA one day to carry out terrorist attacks.
Assistant Attorney General John Demers said: “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 organization.”
In a complaint, it was stated the Sewell provided the co-conspirator with the contact information of a person that can help facilitate the travel plans to Pakistan.
The federal prosecutor said that Sewell and his partner did not know that the facilitator was an undercover FBI agent.