Washington, United States (4E) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has charged four men with plotting to join militant groups – Taliban and Al-Qaeda – with the aim to kill Americans abroad.
Three of the men were on their way to Afghanistan from where they were supposed to take training from the Taliban and later join al-Qaeda.
In a joint statement, the FBI and U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said that the plot was aimed at providing material support to help terrorists join Al-Qaeda and Taliban to particularly kill American targets and bomb government installations.
The three men were arrested last Friday and presented on the court outside Los Angeles on Monday. They are identified as Ralph Deleon, 23, Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales and Arifeen David Gojali, both aged 21.
The 34-year-old Sohiel Omar Kabir, who is in police custody in Afghanistan, has masterminded the plot, the FBI said. The men, if convicted, will have to face up to 15 years’ imprisonment.