FBI: South Carolina Teen Was Trying to Join ISIS

March 31, 2017 FBI agents arrested a South Carolina man at the airport on Thursday night as he attempted to board an overseas flight to join ISIS. It is not the teen’s first attempt to join the terrorist group. He served time as a juvenile for planning to join ISIS and plotting to kill American soldiers or police officers.

According to court documents, Zakaryia Abdin, 18, of Ladson, South Carolina was arrested at
the Charleston International Airport. Abdin appeared in federal court on Friday charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State or ISIS.

A statement by the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday confirmed Abdin’s arrest, but gave no details about the evidence in the case.

The Herald Online reports that Abdin was arrested in February, 2015, on gun charges the day before he was planning to carry out an attack on American soldiers. Abdin pleaded guilty and was sentenced in April, 2015 to juvenile jail. At the time, state law only allowed him to be charged as a juvenile–but he could be detained until the age of twenty-one.

Abdin was released from juvenile detention in May, 2016, despite York County Police’s advising not to release him. Police warned the juvenile parole board that Abdin was a threat to national security.
He told authorities he was moving to the Charleston area to be with family.


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