Concern over "lone wolf" extremists grows

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WKBW) - Lackawanna resident Arafat Nagi is accused of supporting ISIS, and is believed to have acted by himself. Experts say it's that type of "lone wolf" radical thinking that can prove to be dangerous.

"It's the hardest type of terrorism investigation to do. It's the hardest type of investigation to infiltrate, it's the hardest type of investigation to draw intelligence on," explained former Homeland Security Special Agent Steven MacMartin.

That's why law enforcement officials say they need help from the community, and continue to push the concept of "if you see something, say something." And that includes what's posted online. The FBI says Nagi likely worked alone, but tried to recruit others using Twitter.

Meantime, local Muslim leaders are quick to point out these radical believers have no true connection to Islam itself.

"It is no different than people recruiting young people for violent gangs or drug cartels, how they work. These organizations or radical groups they work the same way, and they should be looked from the same way," said Faizan Haq, with WNYMuslims.org.

And experts say these extremists can be even more dangerous.

"I don't know that the public considers the threat as great as it is. Law enforcement, I believe, certainly does. I believe in law enforcement we're a little afraid that we don't have a handle on the number of these people that do pose a threat that are out there," said MacMartin.

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