An alleged ISIS operative who was reportedly carrying weapons, recruiting fighters, and had threatened to behead President Barack Obama has been caught in Harrisburg, PA.
Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz, of Harrisburg, was arrested Thursday and charged with attempting to provide material support to terrorists.
According to federal authorities, the 19-year-old ISIS sympathizer used dozens of Twitter accounts to spread terror messages and had a backpack with ammunition that suggests he might have been plotting an attack, possibly against Washington D.C., a two-hour drive from the Pennsylvania capital.
A previous tweet attributed to Aziz included a threat to behead Obama.
Court documents said a “go bag” or “tactical-style backpack” found in Aziz’s closet during a search contained a high-capacity magazine loaded with ammunition, a modified kitchen knife, a thumb drive, a tin filled with medicine and a full-face mask similar to those worn by Islamic State militants.
Aziz may have been “preparing to conduct or assist others in conducting an attack in the United States,” according to a criminal complaint.
Authorities said Aziz used Twitter advocate violence against U.S. citizens and military members and to disseminate Islamic State propaganda, and also tried helping others travel to Syria to fight for the Islamic State group, authorities said.
Aziz “espouses violent jihadist beliefs and is a fervent supporter” of the Islamic State group, according to the criminal complaint.
He has used 57 different Twitter accounts to advocate violence, encourage people to fund jihadist groups and express a desire to travel to territory controlled by the Islamic State group, the complaint said.
Aziz has also tried promoting himself online as “someone who can facilitate travel on behalf of ISIL,” said the complaint, using an alternative acronym for the Islamic State group.
The Associated Press contributed to this article