NEWARK, New Jersey — Two American men arrested as they allegedly tried to fly to Somalia to join a terrorist group made their first appearance in federal court Monday.
Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 20, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, are accused of trying to join al-Shabab, which was designated by the US as a terrorist group in 2008. They face charges of conspiring to kill, maim and kidnap persons outside the United States by joining al-Shabab.
The 20-year-old Alessa and the 24-year-old Almonte appeared briefly Monday in US District Court in Newark.
They spoke only to say they understood the charge against them. Both remained in custody pending a bail hearing Thursday.