Houston 18 year old arrested on charges of trying to aid IS

By on December 12, 2017


If convicted, he faces a possible 20-year maximum prison term.  (Photo by Victor/Flickr, CC BY 2.0)
If convicted, he faces a possible 20-year maximum prison term. (Photo by Victor/Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

HOUSTON— A Houston 18-year-old has been arrested and charged with illegally distributing explosive-making information and attempting to support the Islamic State organization.

The U.S. Justice Department said Monday that Kaan Sercan Damlarkaya, a U.S. citizen, was arrested on Dec. 8 following an undercover FBI operation. A statement says Damlarkaya said he intended to travel overseas and fight for IS and said he tried to get to Syria twice. He told agents that he would commit a U.S. attack if efforts to travel overseas failed.

It also says Damlarkaya provided to alleged IS supporters a formula for explosive Triacetone Triperoxide and instructions how to use it in a pressure cooker device containing shrapnel.

If convicted, he faces a possible 20-year maximum prison term. The U.S. has designated IS as a terrorist organization.