Feds: Philadelphia woman tried to join Islamic State group

PHILADELPHIA (WHTM) – Federal prosecutors said they have arrested a Philadelphia woman for trying to join the Islamic State group.

Keonna Thomas, 30, was charged Friday with knowingly attempting to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, according to U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger.

According to the complaint, Thomas tried to travel overseas so she could fight with and martyr herself for the terrorist organization.

In a statement on Twitter, Thomas posted: “If we truly knew the realities … we all would be rushing to join our brothers in the front lines pray Allah accept us as shuhada (martyrs).”

The complaint further alleges that Thomas applied for a passport and communicated with an Islamic State fighter in Syria, who asked Thomas if she wanted to be a part of a martyrdom operation. Thomas responded by stating, “that would be amazing … a girl can only wish.”

Federal prosecutors said Thomas also researched various indirect travel routes to Turkey and purchased an electronic visa to Turkey.

If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

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