CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) –
A 19-year-old Bolingbrook man was arrested at O’Hare Airport Saturday night for attempting to travel overseas to support terrorism, the Sun-Times reports.
Mohammed Hamzah Khan was arrested by the FBI’s Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force and charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. He was arrested while trying to get onto an Austrian Airlines flight to Istanbul, via Vienna.
Khan wanted to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to engage in terrorism, the federal complaint alleges. He appeared in court Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Cox. His parents, visibly upset, were also in the court.
In court, federal prosecutors offered details of the allegations against Khan.
While Khan was at the airport, agents searched his home and, allegedly, found drawings of the ISIL flag. Those drawings also indicated Khan planned to travel on to Syria or Iraq, the feds say. One allegedly had the words “Come to Jihad.”
Khan left his parents a three-page note, the feds say. “I extend an invitation, to my family, to join me in the Islamic State” it allegedly said. His note said he would meet an ISIS contact in Turkey.
Khan’s note to his parents allegedly also urged his parents: “PLEASE MAKE SURE NOT TO TELL THE AUTHORITIES.”
Khan “advised that he expected to be involved in some type of public service, a police force, humanitarian work, or a combat role,” feds say.
His parents declined to comment after the hearing. Khan was taken way in an orange jail jumpsuit. He will be in custody until at least Oct. 9.
Bolingbrook man arrested at O’Hare on international terrorism charge