Over the weekend, an active duty United States Army soldier was arrested by the FBI in Hawaii on terrorism charges. The soldier was under suspicion for allegedly providing material support to the Islamic State terror group, officials said.
34-year-old Ikaika Kang was arrested late Saturday night. The FBI SWAT team at the Schofield Barracks in Honolulu took Kang into custody, the FBI said in a news release.
Kang was a member of the 25th Infantry Division. According to his service record obtained by Hawaii News, he was deployed to Iraq in 2010 and served in Afghanistan in 2014.
Kang was a native of Hawaii and graduated from Kaiser High School in Honolulu, CBS affiliate KGMB reported
The FBI believes that Kang was a lone actor, and that he is not associated with others who may present a threat to Hawaii.
“Terrorism is the FBI’s number one priority,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul D. Delacourt said in a statement. ” In fighting this threat, the Honolulu Division of the FBI works with its law enforcement partners and the Joint Terrorism Task Force. In this case, the FBI worked closely with the U.S. Army to protect the citizens of Hawaii.”
Kang has been under investigation by the U.S. Army and the FBI for over a year, according to Delacourt.
A criminal complaint filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii alleges that Kang swore allegiance to ISIS, attempted to provide military documents to ISIS, and attempted to provide training to the terrorist organization
Kang is currently in federal custody, and is scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court on Monday.
Hawaii News Now also reports that officials have blocked off the door of Kang’s apartment as part of their investigation into the matter.