Feds: Man planning to join ISIS arrested at Ford Airport

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man arrested at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport is one of three Lansing men facing federal charges for their alleged support of ISIS.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says they arrested 20-year-old Muse Abdikadir Muse Monday at the airport after he checked in for the first of a series of flights to Mogadishu, Somalia.

Federal authorities say his 23-year-old brother, Mohamud Abdikadir Muse and cousin, 26-year-old Mohamed Salat Haji, were arrested in the airport shortly thereafter for allegedly helping him buy the plane tickets earlier this month and driving him to the airport, knowing he was leaving to join and fight for ISIS.

Federal agents searched a Lansing home shared by the Muse brothers after their arrest. It’s unclear what they uncovered.

The federal criminal complaint states all three men pledged their allegiance to ISIS in videos they recorded themselves. The Department of Justice says Muse Muse and Haji allegedly discussed their desire to join ISIS, kill non-believers and even potentially use a car to run down non-believers in the U.S. if they couldn’t get overseas to fight for ISIS.

The federal criminal complaint says in 2016, the FBI was alerted to a Facebook account linked to Mohamud Muse that contained frequent pro-ISIS photos, videos and statements and "violent, extremist propaganda." The complaint states from two Facebook accounts, Mohamad Muse told an undercover FBI employee he was saving money to travel to Raqqa, Syria to join ISIS.

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