NYC man charged with trying to join Pakistani terror group

NYC man charged with trying to join Pakistani terror group
Members of the Helmand Peace Convoy, calling for an end to the 17-year war, arrive in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, June 18, 2018 after trekking across the country on foot. The protest march began with a group of nine men and picked up supporters during the long journey, traveling more than 500 kilometers (300 miles) over nearly 40 days. The march began in the southern city of Lashkar Gah, in the Helmand province, an area largely under Taliban control. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

NEW YORK  A New York City man has been arrested on federal charges of trying to join a Pakistan-based terrorist group.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman says 29-year-old Jesus Wilfredo Encarnacion was arrested Thursday as he tried to board a flight to Pakistan at Kennedy Airport.
An Afghan National policeman is seen through a windscreen of an armored vehicle shattered by a single bullet in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Thursday, Oct 18, 2012. The police have decorated the window with a picture Ahmad Shah Massoud, an Afghan leader killed Sept 9, 2009, by an Al Qaida suicide bomber. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Berman says Encarnacion was trying to join the militant group Lashkar e-Taiba, which has been blamed for high-profile attacks including the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 168 people.

Prosecutors say Encarnacion went online to try to join the terrorist organization. They say he told an undercover FBI agent he was “ready to kill and die in the name of Allah.”

Encarnacion is charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. It’s not clear if he has an attorney who can speak for him.