Accused Terrorist Plotter: ‘I Wanna, Like, Be the World’s Known Terrorist’

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Investigators at Almonte's Elmwood Park house. Photo: Nicastro/NYDN

The two New Jersey men taken into custody last night at JFK International Airport, allegedly en route to joining the jihadist group al-Shabaab in Somalia, were recorded speaking freely about their terrorist ambitions, in a disconcertingly casual Clueless-meets-terrorist sort of way.

“A lot of people need to get killed, bro, swear to God," 20-year-old Mohamed Hamoud Alessa said to an undercover NYPD cop who befriended them. "My soul cannot rest until I shed blood. I wanna, like, be the world's known terrorist.”


The two suspects — Alessa and 24-year-old Carlos Eduardo Almonte, both American citizens — will appear in New Jersey court Monday.

Alleged plotters' words: 'I wanna, like, be the world's known terrorist.' [NYDN]