Brooklyn man who pledged allegiance to ISIS ID’ed as resident of Flatbush

An Uber driver living on Clarendon Road in Flatbush was arrested by the FBI on Monday, November 21 for allegedly attempting to join ISIS and for expressing interest in plotting a Nice-style attack on Times Square.

According to authorities, 37-year-old Mohamed Rafik Naji frequently revealed his support for the terror organization on social media, and reportedly traveled to and from both Turkey and Yemen in repeated attempts to join the group.

“The arrest of Mohamed Rafik Naji on charges he provided material support to ISIL is a sharp reminder of the evolving threat of global terrorism,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo in a statement, urging all New Yorkers to “remain vigilant in the face of hate and intolerance” while citing “[no] specific threat at this time.”

Still, he said, “public safety is paramount and we will continue to work aggressively with all local and federal partners.”

Naji – who has a wife and three children currently in his home country of Yemen, and another wife from whom he is estranged in New York — is charged with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

He is currently being held without bail.

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