Parents say undercover cop steered NJ terrorism suspect
Say their son was traveling to Egypt to meet a 19-year-old Swedish Muslim he planned to marry
NORTH BERGEN, N.J. — The parents of a New Jersey man accused of trying to join a terrorist group say they believe the FBI fueled the behavior that led to his arrest.
Mahmood and Nadia Alessa told The Record newspaper their 20-year-old son, Mohamed, had been monitored by the FBI since age 16 and was encouraged by an undercover agent to act like a terrorist.
Mohamed Alessa and 24-year-old Carlos Almonte were arrested June 5 as they prepared to board planes to Egypt. Authorities say they planned to travel to Somalia to seek terror training.
Alessa's parents say their son was traveling to Egypt to meet a 19-year-old Swedish Muslim he planned to marry.
Both are charged with conspiracy to kill, harm and kidnap people outside the United States.
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FBI agent Michael Ward says there's not much authorities could have done to prevent the men's efforts.