NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Two New Jersey men pleaded guilty to trying to join a terrorist group overseas.

Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 21, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, accepted a plea deal, admitting they wanted to try to join al-Shabab, an Al Qaeda-affiliated group.

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In their plea, they admit to conspiracy to kill, maim and kidnap.

The duo were nabbed last June at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Officials believe they were bound for Egypt and Somalia.

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Alessa was born in the United States and lived in North Bergen. His parents are Palestinian immigrants.

Almonte is a naturalized citizen, originally from the Dominican Republic. He lived in Elmwood Park.

The two Muslim men smiled at their families in the Newark courtroom when accepting the plea, which could result in life in prison.

They’ll be sentenced in June.

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