An alleged member of ISIS was held in northern California on Wednesday after being accused in 2014 the murder of a police officer in Iraq, officials announced.
A suspected ISIS member has been arrested in northern California on Wednesday after being accused in 2014 the murder of a police officer in Iraq, officials announced.
The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Omar Ameen, 45, after an Iraqi warrant for his arrest and extradition request, officials said in a press release of the Ministry of Justice.
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Ameen allegedly arrived in Rawah, Iraq “with a caravan of ISIS vehicles” — after the organization gained control of the city, on June 21, 2014 — and make their way to the Rawah police officer’s home, officials said. The following day, several members of the group, including Ameen, allegedly shot the officer.
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“Ameen then allegedly fired his weapon at the victim, while the victim is on the ground, to kill him,” the officials said.
The suspect is accused of being a member of ISIS and al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), as well as the performance of tasks for the groups, “including helping to plant improvised explosive devices,” according to the press release.
After the alleged incident, Ameen moved to Sacramento from Iraq “as an alleged refugees” and not about his alleged ties with the terrorist organizations in the search for the refugee status and a green card in the U.S., the officials said.
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Ameen appeared in a Sacramento court on Wednesday in relation to his pending extradition “to face trial in Iraq,” the officials said.
The Iraq arrest warrant against him was initially issued on May 16, and the subsequent guarantees requested in Sacramento was issued by a judge on Tuesday, according to officials.
“In accordance with its treaty obligations with Iraq, the United States filed a complaint in the Sacramento are seeking a warrant for Ameen’s arrest on the basis of the request for extradition,” the press release said.