NJ men accused in terror plot appear in court

(AP) - Two New Jersey men arrested as theyallegedly tried to fly to Somalia to join a terrorist group havemade their first appearance in federal court.

Mohamed Mahmood Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte are accused oftrying to join al-Shabab, which was designated by the U.S. as aterrorist group in 2008. They face charges of conspiring to kill,maim and kidnap persons outside the United States by joiningal-Shabab.

The 20-year-old Alessa and the 24-year-old Almonte appearedbriefly Monday in U.S. District Court in Newark. Both had curlydark hair and bushy beards and had their feet and hands shackled.

They spoke only to say they understood the charge against them.Both remained in custody pending a bail hearing Thursday.

If convicted, the two men could face life in prison.

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