New Jersey men arrested on terrorism charges

June 6, 2010 6:40:20 AM PDT
A newspaper reports that two New Jersey men who allegedly intended to kill American troops have been arrested at a New York City airport before boarding flights on their way to join a jihadist group in Somalia.

The Star-Ledger of Newark reports that 20-year-old Mohamed Hamoud Alessa and 26-year-old Carlos Eduardo Almonte were arrested Saturday at John F. Kennedy International Airport before they could board separate flights to Egypt and then continue on to Somalia.

The newspaper is citing officials familiar with the details of the arrests who are speaking on condition of anonymity.

The FBI and the New York Police Department confirm to The Associated Press that two men were arrested at the airport. FBI spokesman Richard Kolko says no threat was made there, but isn't elaborating on the investigation.

Officials say the men were believed to be joining with the terrorist fight against Americans in Somalia.