Casey: ISIS case shows communities need to come together

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Dec 18, 2015 2:48 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- A day after the arrest of a 19-year old Harrisburg man for allegedly helping ISIS, state and federal leaders are reassuring the public that the region is safe.

The FBI took Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz into custody yesterday afternoon, after he allegedly tried to link people in the Mideast with leaders in ISIS.

With the immediate concerns addressed, some are also seeing an opportunity to try to encourage people to talk with each other, and form a welcoming community.

Speaking on WITF's Smart Talk, Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey says everyone shares a responsibility.

"It has to start right in communities. This isn't something we can just turn over to the government and hope that the government can solve the problem. We all have to be part of the solution," he says.

Casey says the Aziz case fits into the common lone wolf profile, which is why it is important for people to report anything they think is suspicious.

The director of Pennsylvania's Office of Homeland Security says Aziz is being held in Philadelphia.

He wouldn't directly answer a question about whether the teen was planning an attack.

Aziz is due in federal court next Wednesday.

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