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Two Men with al-Qaeda Ties Arrested in New Jersey

Two New Jersey men tied to an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group in Somalia were busted Saturday night as they prepared to board flights at Kennedy Airport, officials said.

The two men had been under surveillance since 2006 and were being shadowed by an undercover NYPD cop who infiltrated their group and monitored them as they bought airplane tickets, the Star-Ledger reported Saturday night, citing authorities.

Mohamed Hamoud Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 26, of Elmwood Park, were both nabbed before they could board separate flights to Egypt.

“I can only confirm that two arrests were made Saturday night at JFK Airport as part of an ongoing investigation,” said NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne

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