The North Carolina authorities recently charged a 37-year-old old man with the intent of creating a terroristic group on US soil. He was arrested back in 2016 when the law enforcement officers discovered that he was communicating with the Islamic State group on social media.
Suspect Prepared Detailed Material for Islamic State Group
On Tuesday, 37-year-old Erick Jamal Hendriks was brought before an Akron jury to answer for charges related to terrorism. According to the court documents, Hendriks was taken into custody in 2016, after the authorities intercepted troubling messages on Hendriks’ social media account.
Allegedly, for the past couple of years, Hendriks has been communicating extensively with what authorities believe to be a member or representative of the Islamic State. Among the messages, Hendriks exchanged with the unknown person were carefully prepared notes on homeland targets, as well as a detailed plan of how to recruit more members to the cause.
The authorities also discovered that Hendriks used the same social media account to reach out to various people interested in recruitment. The prosecutions show that the North Carolina man’s goal was to create an entirely operational terroristic group in the United States, capable of carrying out attacks on designated targets.
Hendriks did not make any attempts to refute the allegations. He’s due to appear in court at an unspecified date in order to hear his sentence. If found guilty, Hendriks might face life in prison.
U.S. officials have stepped in their efforts to root out terroristic group after the incident with the Muslim teenager who nearly decapitated his friend during a sleepover party, as his comments offended the teen’s religious beliefs.
Although the cases are unconnected, it does point out that the Islamic State’s agenda includes recruiting people who are willing to bring more people to the cause.
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