QUEENS — A 20-year-old college student from Queens has been arrested and charged with conspiring to provide material support to ISIS.
Court documents from the Eastern District of New York say Munther Omar Saleh, also known as “Abu Omar al-Ramli,” had been planning to detonate a device in New York City on behalf of the Islamic State.
Saleh is currently enrolled as a student at a college specializing in aeronautics. He had been working in a laboratory on electrical circuitry.
Police arrested Saleh after he and another person ran towards a law enforcement surveillance vehicle that had been following them.
According to court documents, Saleh actively posted to social media about his “violent jihadist ideology” and support for ISIS. Saleh tweeted that he felt the Al-Qaeda was becoming too moderate. He also posted his support for the terrorist attacks at Charlie Hebdo in Paris and the Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas.