Alleged Islamic State sympathizer arrested on terror charge

A Bronx man has been arrested on charges he tried to provide assistance to the Islamic State.

Sajmir Alimehmeti (SAHZH’-meer ah-lee-meh-MEH’-tee) was arrested Tuesday. The 22-year-old was described in court papers as repeatedly demonstrating support for the Islamic State since 2014.

It was not immediately known who will represent him at an initial appearance in Manhattan federal court.

Authorities said in a criminal complaint that Alimehmeti this month tried to provide advice and assistance to a person he thought was traveling from New York to Syria to train and fight with the Islamic State.

They said authorities in the United Kingdom had returned Alimehmeti to the United States and provided the FBI with information after he was stopped last year entering the United Kingdom at Manchester and Heathrow airports.

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