“Gasps from students can be heard after Al Bayati made his proclamation”
The suspect faces up to 10 years in jail if found guilty. He claims this was a joke. Not too smart.
The New York Post reports:
Teen ISIS recruiter makes bomb threat during online college lecture: feds
A teenage ISIS recruiter was busted for making a bomb threat during a live online lecture at the University of Houston in Texas, authorities say.
Ibraheem Ahmed Al Bayati, 19, Zoom-bombed the college class Sept. 2 — and blurted out in the middle of it, “What does any of this have to do with the fact that UH is about to get bombed in a few days?,’’ federal authorities said.
“Gasps from students can be heard after Al Bayati made his proclamation,” according to the case’s criminal complaint filed in Texas court last week.
The teen, who identified himself as Abu Qital al Jihadi al Mansur on the call, also said in Arabic the “Islamic State will remain,’’ said the complaint. US probers say the “Islamic State” comment refers to ISIS.
In addition, the suspect held up an index finger, “which is often known as the ‘tawheed finger’ ” — and “sometimes an indicator of radical Islamic ideolog,” the document states.
Al Bayati, a US citizen who lives in Richmond outside Houston, was arrested Friday and later told the feds that his comments were all part of a joke between him and a pal — but officials said the teen is a recruiter for the terror organization.
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