A Bronx man was pulled from a Middle East-bound plane at JFK Airport on Friday after authorities learned the suspect was going to join the Taliban, officials said.
Federal investigators and Port Authority police yanked the man off a Qatar Airways plane at JFK Airport just before takeoff, the New York Daily News reported, citing sources familiar with knowledge of the incident.
Authorities had flagged the man as a possible terrorist sympathizer who intended to join the Taliban, the Islamic militant group based primarily in Afghanistan.
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The suspect, whose identity was not released, had been under investigation by the FBI before he was pulled from the plane Friday, according to law enforcement sources cited by NBC 4 New York.
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The man was questioned by federal officials and taken to Manhattan federal court. No charges were immediately filed against the suspect.