NJ Man Accused of Trying to Join Islamist Terror Group, FBI Investigates Possible Connection to Hamas Attack

A 23-year-old man from Lawrenceville, New Jersey, by the name of Karrem Nasr, has been charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. According to prosecutors, Nasr, also known as “Ghareeb Al-Muhajir,” was inspired by the terrorist attacks carried out by Hamas on October 7th against Israeli civilians and was committed to waging violent jihad against the United States.

Nasr was arrested in Kenya this month while en route to join the Somalia-based group al-Shabaab, which is designated as a foreign terrorist organization. US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams, released a statement on Friday, stating that Nasr, as alleged, was motivated by the heinous terrorist attack perpetrated by Hamas and had devoted himself to waging violent jihad against America and its allies.

Reportedly, Nasr, a US citizen, traveled from Egypt to Kenya with the aim of joining and training with al Shabaab to carry out his jihadist mission of death and destruction. According to prosecutors, Nasr was prepared to kill and be killed in support of the jihadist cause, and had referred to America as “evil” and the “head of the snake.”

According to Williams, the efforts of the career prosecutors in his office, as well as law enforcement partners, led to the disruption of Nasr’s plan to train with a terrorist organization and wage violent jihad. He emphasized a commitment to investigating, disrupting, and prosecuting anyone inspired by Hamas’s October 7 attack and seeking to harm Americans, whether at home or abroad.

The FBI, known for elaborate operations, was involved in the case. FBI Assistant Director in Charge James Smith stated that Nasr’s alleged attempt to join a foreign terrorist organization highlights the ongoing efforts of the FBI’s New York Joint Terrorism Task Force and domestic and international partners to protect the US against terrorism and ensure community safety.

NYPD Commissioner Edward A. Caban expressed outrage over Nasr’s alleged decision to support a foreign terrorist organization instead of embracing the opportunities offered by the United States. He highlighted the threat posed by an American citizen providing support to such a group, stating that the NYPD and law enforcement partners would remain relentless in efforts to identify and investigate individuals who consider the nation their enemy.

In recent public social media posts, Nasr warned that “Jihad” was “coming soon to a US location near you,” and in communication with a confidential source, he expressed his intent to join al Shabaab to receive military training and engage in jihad.

Overall, the arrest of Nasr serves as a reminder of the ongoing efforts to combat terrorism and protect the US from threats, both domestic and international.

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