FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force members arrested three Michigan men at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids on January 21, 2019 for providing material support to ISIS.
Two of the men allegedly spoke of planning terror attacks in the U.S.
Muse Abdikadir Muse, 20, was picked up during security screenings as he prepared to take off for a series of flights that were scheduled to take him to Somalia.
The two other men, his brother, Mohamud Abdikadir Muse, 23, and their brother-in-law Mohamed Salat Haji, 26, were arrested in the terminal building.
All three were born in Kenya, became U.S. citizens and now live in Lansing, Michigan.
The Department of Justice issued a statement following the arrests:
“Three residents of Lansing, Michigan, were arrested without incident Monday afternoon for conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, namely the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS … The conspiracy charge is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison.
“According to the complaint affidavit, Muse Muse purchased airline tickets earlier this month to travel from Grand Rapids to Mogadishu, departing on Monday, January 21, 2019. Among other support, the complaint alleged Haji and Mohamud Muse aided in the purchase of the ticket and drove Muse Muse to the Grand Rapids airport, each knowing the true purpose of the travel was for Muse Muse to join and fight for ISIS.
“The complaint asserts that all three defendants pledged allegiance to ISIS through videos they recorded themselves. Muse Muse and Haji allegedly discussed with each other their desire to join ISIS, to kill non-believers, and even to potentially use a car for a martyrdom operation to run down non-believers here in the United States if they could not travel overseas to fight for ISIS. Following the arrests, federal agents executed search warrants at a residence shared by Mohamud Muse and Muse Muse.”
The men were tracked during an FBI undercover operation.