HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Harrisburg man accused of working for the Islamic State group known as ISIS apparently was radicalized through the Internet, Pennsylvania’s director of Homeland Security said Friday.
Homeland Security Director Marcus Brown said it’s not clear whether 19-year-old whether Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz attended a local mosque. He could not say if Aziz’s parents have been questioned.
Aziz lived in his parents’ home in the 1700 block of Fulton Street. He is being held in the Dauphin County Prison.
Federal authorities allege Aziz used Twitter to spread ISIS propaganda and to advocate violence against the United States. Court papers say he also tried to help others travel to ISIS-controlled territory to fight for the terror group, and he encouraged others to fund the travel.
Brown says every Tweet Aziz posted will be investigated.
He said Aziz is an American citizen. He did not know if Aziz was born in the United States.
He added that he does not have much background on Aziz, like where he went to school. A district spokeswoman told ABC 27 News that no student by the name of Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz ever attended Harrisburg schools. A spokesperson for the Al-Huda School in Camp Hill said he was not a student there.
Brown said Aziz’s arrest shows that people in every community across the country must remain vigilant. He said law enforcement needs the help of citizens to win the battle against terrorism.