Thursday, October 17, 2013

Calif. Man Attempting to Join Al-Qaida Is Arrested; Agents: He Was Going to Mexico to Fly to Pakistan

Court documents in Santa Ana, California indicate a Southern California man -- charged with attempting to join al-Qaida and lying on a U.S. passport application to aid international terrorism -- was planning to travel to Pakistan before he was arrested, the Fox News website reports today (October 17, 2013).

A federal court order to detain 24-year-old Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen of Garden Grove says arresting agents stated he was due to travel to Mexico City by bus and then board a flight to Pakistan.

The order states that Nguyen -- a U.S. citizen -- was holding a fake passport and had recently traveled to Lebanon and Syria to help the Free Syrian Army.

Nguyen -- also known by the name of Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum --  was arrested last week in Santa Ana while waiting to board a bus to Mexico. He has pleaded not guilty.

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