Bronx man arrested at JFK Airport for allegedly seeking to join Taliban: Source

The man was trying to fly to Pakistan, authorities say.

July 26, 2019, 2:26 PM

A Bronx man has been arrested Friday at John F. Kennedy International Airport on terror-related charges, a law enforcement official told ABC News.

According to the source, the man, who was not immediately identified, wanted to join the Taliban in Afghanistan and was boarding a flight to Pakistan when he was arrested.

PHOTO: A Delta Airlines passenger jet taxis at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, in this Sept. 24, 2017, file photo.
A Delta Airlines passenger jet taxis at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, in this Sept. 24, 2017, file photo.
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The defendant is expected to make an initial court appearance in lower Manhattan later Friday.

The source said the man did not represent a threat to the homeland, but was arrested based on his intention to travel in pursuit of joining the ranks of the Taliban.

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