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Men Held At New York Airport Face Terrorism Charge

U.S. authorities charged two men today with conspiring to commit an act of international terrorism.

Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 20, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, were held at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport on June 5 before they could board separate flights to Egypt and then continue on to Somalia.

Both of them are reportedly U.S. citizens. They are due to appear on June 7 in a federal court in New Jersey.

U.S. authorities said they intended to join al-Shabaab, a militant group based in Somalia and linked to Al-Qaeda, and kill American troops overseas.

U.S. justice officials say state and federal law enforcement agents have been investigating Alessa and Almonte since 2006.

The arrests followed an attempted car bombing in Times Square last month and the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner.

compiled from agency reports