A Philadelphia woman was arrested on 3 April for attempting to aid the Islamic State (Isis) and wanting to "martyr herself" for the terror group. The woman's arrest comes a day after two women in New York were arrest on terror charges brought by the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
According to CBS News, Keonna Thomas, 30, communicated with an Isis terrorist in Syria who asked her if she wanted to martyr herself for the group.
Authorities reported Thomas told the terrorist that it "would be amazing… a girl can only wish." Thomas also attempted to travel overseas to fight for the terrorist organization.
A complaint filed by the Justice Department revealed that Thomas spouted islamist ideology on Twitter. She 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 Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thomas also used her Twitter account to communicate with Isis fighters in Syria and to encourage others to support the group's fighters.
FBI agents said Thomas purchased a plane ticket from Philadelphia to Barcelona two months after saying she would be "leaving soon" in a 30 January electronic communication quoted in court findings.
She also searched bus tickets from Barcelona to Istanbul, a city known for being a transit point into Syria.
Thomas is scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court on 3 April.