Today, #FBIPhilly SAC Maguire and DA Krasner announced the arrest of a 17-year-old city resident charged in connection with a federal terrorism investigation. Learn more about the case and the charges filed via @philadao: https://t.co/VYPGHrIsk4 pic.twitter.com/HCXqo10AcB
— FBI Philadelphia (@FBIPhiladelphia) August 14, 2023
Those teens in Philly have been wilin for a minute.
A Philadelphia teenager has been charged with plotting a potentially “catastrophic terrorist attack” after federal authorities discovered the teen had allegedly been communicating with an al Qaeda-affiliated terror group and gathering bomb-making material.
The 17-year-old was taken into custody by FBI SWAT officers at his home in West Philadelphia on Aug. 11 after an investigation headed by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, officials revealed Monday.
The unnamed teen is suspected to have been in contact with Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad, an organization designated as a global terrorist group by the State Department in 2022.
The group, which has links to al Qaeda, primarily operates in Syria’s Idlib Province but is also believed to be responsible for the April 2017 metro attack in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and an August 2016 suicide car bombing outside the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
The juvenile allegedly received guidance from the terror group on how to construct improvised explosive devices and FBI agents observed the teen purchasing bomb-making materials and “outdoor or tactical gear” before his arrest.
“The work of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force potentially thwarted a catastrophic terrorist attack in the name of a perverted ideology that in no way, shape, or form represents the beliefs of the overwhelming majority of peace-seeking people of faith, including Muslims,” Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said Monday.
“The charges we have filed against this individual represent the most serious alleged terrorist activity prosecuted in Philadelphia County court in recent history. We intend to pursue full accountability for these crimes and will continue to work vigilantly with our law enforcement partners to protect all of our communities from hateful, ideologically driven acts of violence,” he added.
The suspect, who wasn’t named by officials because of his status as a juvenile, will avoid federal charges for now. US attorneys’ offices generally do not handle juvenile cases, even those related to terrorism.
However, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office will file a motion to prosecute the suspect as an adult and charges could be escalated to the federal level as the investigation continues, Krasner said Monday.
The teenager has been charged with weapons of mass destruction, criminal conspiracy, arson, causing/risking catastrophe, attempt to commit criminal mischief, possession of an instrument of crime, and recklessly endangering another person.
Yeah, I mean.
Who even knows at this point.
I’ll say this: I’m a lot more concerned about the FBI than I am about Islamic terrorists.
I also have no reason to believe some haji immigrant kid is a terrorist because the FBI said that.