An 18-year-old man from Wakefield, Massachusetts, tried to help fund the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (also known as ISIS), saying he wanted to help wage war against non-believers. was arrested on suspicion of
US Attorney’s Office Massachusetts District has announced that 18-year-old Mateo Ventura has been arrested on suspicion of trying to help a suspected ISIS sympathizer fundraise for a terrorist organization.
Ventura allegedly provided multiple gift cards to would-be ISIS supporters for the purpose of selling them on the dark web, according to court documents. The gift cards, allegedly given free to terrorism supporters, will be sold on the dark web for slightly below face value. The profits could be used to support ISIS.
Ventura allegedly said he wanted the proceeds to be donated to ISIS “for the war against the Kfars,” according to the US Attorney’s Office. From January to May 2023, he is believed to have donated a total of $705 to support ISIS.
The young man was charged with willfully concealing the source of material support and resources intended for foreign terrorist organizations. This crime can carry a sentence of 10 years in prison or up to life with supervised release. Fines of up to $250,000 can also be imposed.
A stabbing incident outside Vancouver, Canada, recently emerged as an act linked to ISIS terrorism. Suspect Abdul Aziz Kawam allegedly randomly and without provocation stabbed a Coast Mountain bus passenger in the neck, police said.
Kawam was initially charged with attempted murder, assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes. But prosecutors have since reportedly added four more terrorism charges. claim Kawam claimed he attacked Canadians “for the benefit of, or in conjunction with, a terrorist organization, namely the Islamic State.”
A man was stabbed to death outside a Starbucks coffee shop in Vancouver about eight days ago, making it the second stabbing in the area in just over a week.
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