A teenager from Minneapolis being watched over fears he was planning to travel to Syria to join ISIS has been arrested for threatening FBI agents online.
Khaalid Adam Abdulkadir, 19, was arrested on Friday for tweeting ‘kill them FBI’ and ‘I’m kill them FEDS for take my brothers’ and is charged with impeding and retaliating against a federal officer.
Abdulkadir posted the messages after his friend Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, 20, was also arrested on Wednesday over fears he was about to leave the U.S. for Syria to join the terror group.
An affidavit showed that Abdulkadir had been on the radar of the security services for some time and was exchanging messages with another former Minnesota native, Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan.
Hassan, known to his friends as Miski, left America in 2008 to join extremist group al-Shabaab fighting government forces in Somalia.
While abroad, Hassan turned recruiter, trying to get others from the U.S. to join jihadist groups and regularly tweeted messages praising the killing of Jews and terror attacks such as those on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.
The affidavit claims Abdulkadir and Hassan swapped messages back in January in which the Minnesota native expressed an interest in traveling to Syria.
Abdulkadir allegedly wrote: ‘Brother I’m trying to make moves and I have no connection so what’s the deal brother? I’m trying to bounce for untied state Mpls mn to [ISIS].’
Miski told Abdulkadir to find his way to Turkey, and he would then kelp Abdulkadir make it to ISIS-controlled territory, the charging documents allege.
Abdulkadir had also been in contact with Abdi Nur, another man from Minneapolis native who is now believed to be in Raqqa, the Syrian city that has become the default capital for ISIS.
The affidavit also alleges Abdulkadir was part of a group of young men who videotaped a deputy U.S. marshal through a window on the ground floor of the federal courthouse in Minneapolis.
The marshal was filmed after a court appearance by one man from a group of six who were accused of conspiring to provide support to ISIS.
Roughly 22 young men have left Minnesota since 2007 to join al-Shabab in Somalia, while about a dozen Minnesota residents have traveled to Syria to join jihadist groups there since late 2013.
Abdulkadir’s case has parallels with that of another Minnesota man, Mahamed Abukar Said, who was charged with two felonies for tweeting ‘ima whack that us attorney general’ after the arrests of the six men in April.
Said pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge last month and faces a maximum of a year in jail plus supervised release and probation when he’s sentenced later this month.
Abdulkadir made his first court appearance yesterday when Magistrate Judge Becky Thorson ordered him to be held in jail until his next appearance on Wednesday.
He was also assigned a federal defense attorney after he said his income is just $1,200 a month and he has only about $56 in the bank, though he did not say where he works or what he does.
Abdulkadir marks the eleventh person to be arrested in Minnesota over links to the ISIS terror group, some of whom had also made contact with Hassan.
Outside the courtroom, a woman who identified herself as Abdulkadir’s mother but would not give her name declined to comment on the case. She was surrounded by several young men who also refused to comment.
Federal defender Shannon Elkins, who represented Abdulkadir during the brief hearing, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment on his behalf.
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