Published: Jun 10, 2010 11:52 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 10, 2010 8:52 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Two New Jersey men accused of trying to join

a terrorist group in Somalia are due in federal court.

Prosecutors say Mohamed Mahmood Alessa and Carlos Eduardo

Almonte conspired to kill, harm and kidnap persons outside the

United States. They have a bail hearing scheduled for Thursday in


They were arrested Saturday night at New York's Kennedy Airport

as they prepared to fly to Egypt.

Prosecutors say the two intended to head to Somalia to seek

terror training from al-Qaida-affiliated jihadists.

Court documents say the men had no contact with Somali

terrorists and they had hoped they'd be accepted by a terrorist


Law enforcement became aware of them in 2006 following a tip.