The police are this afternoon refusing to say much on reports emerging out of the United States that an Islamist preacher in Jamaica had advised an American woman who now faces terrorism charges.

The woman — Keonna Thomas — was arrested last month for trying to travel to Syria to join the militant group, Islamic State.

The Reuters news agency reports that she had sought advice from radical Muslim cleric, Abdullah al-Faisal, who resides in Jamaica.

Here’s the Head of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch of the JCF, Assistant Commissioner, Devon Watkis.

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ACP Devon Watkis, Head of C-TOC, speaking this afternoon with Nationwide News.

Al-Faisal was not named in court documents filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia.

But Reuters says he’s been named by an official, who has asked for anonymity.

Nationwide News has obtained a copy of the court documents filed by an FBI Special Agent setting out the case against Keonna Thomas.

Thomas, who’s from Philadelphia, was charged in early April with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist group after she bought a ticket to Europe to travel to Syria.

Thomas reportedly asked Mr al-Faisal about getting assistance from an Islamic State fighter overseas to help her travel.

Al-Faisal is a Jamaican convert to Islam who was deported from Britain in 2007 after spending four years in prison there for soliciting murder and inciting racial hatred.