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Neighbors Of Harrisburg Teen Charged With Supporting ISIS Express Disbelief

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) --  Neighbors of the Harrisburg teenager who has been charged with providing material support to ISIS say they're shocked something like this could happen so close to home.

The Department Of Justice (DOJ) announced that Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz, 19, a U.S. citizen, is charged in a criminal complaint unsealed today in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

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"It's pretty crazy, when it's right here at home," one neighbor told Eyewitness News. "You hear it from California or Paris, but then it's right up the street, it's real."

According to the complaint, Aziz has used at least 57 different Twitter accounts to advocate violence against the U.S. and U.S. citizens.

Aziz is alleged to have posted a hyperlink containing the names, addresses and other personal information of 100 reported U.S. military members and calls for violence against them.

According to the DOJ, in at least three occasions, Aziz also allegedly used his Twitter accounts and other means of electronic communication to help individuals travel to and fight for the terror group.

"According to the allegations in the complaint, Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz conspired to provide and attempted to provide material support to ISIL by propagating their hateful rhetoric on social media and aiding individuals in their pursuit of traveling overseas to join the designated foreign terrorist organization," said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. "A prior physical search of Aziz's residence also revealed a tactical-style backpack in his closet, which contained high-capacity weapons magazines, ammunition, a knife, and other survival items. The National Security Division's highest priority is counterterrorism, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to hold accountable any and all those who seek to provide material support to terrorists, and to disrupt potential attacks in the United States before they happen."

If convicted, Aziz's sentence will be determined by the court after reviewing factors such as any prior criminal record.

The case is being investigated by the FBI's Philadelphia Joint Terrorism Task Forces.

Governor Tom Wolf released a statement following Aziz's arrest that said, in part:

"I commend the FBI, U.S. Attorney's Office and the Pennsylvania State Police, along with local law enforcement and other members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, for their efforts in apprehending this individual for his alleged efforts to aid ISIL. We understand that this individual is a U.S. citizen and his arrest is a reminder that we must remain vigilant, strong and focused on anyone here in the state who may seek to harm Pennsylvanians."

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