Three ISIS members have been arrested and face charges of plotting multiple terrorist attacks targeting New York’s Times Square, on a budget of $423.
Three men hailing from the United States, Canada, and the Philippines, are under arrest and face charges of plotting out terror attack that were to take place in New York City.
Police on Friday announced charges against Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, 19, a Canadian citizen detained in New York; Talha Haroon, also 19, a US citizen based in Pakistan; and Russell Salic, 37, from the Philippines.
Harron was arrested in Pakistan in September 2016, and Salic was arrested in the Philippines this April. Both men will be extradited to the US. El Bahnasawy was arrested in May last year, and pleaded guilty last October to seven terror-related charges. El Bahnasawy is scheduled to be sentenced on December 12.
The trio’s plan was foiled after an undercover FBI agent, pretending to be an ISIS support, gained the men’s trust.
“El Bahnasawy purchased bomb-making materials and helped secure a cabin within driving distance of New York City to use for building the explosive devices and staging the NYC Attacks. Haroon allegedly made plans to travel from Pakistan to New York City to join El Bahnasawy in carrying out the attacks, and traveled within Pakistan to meet with explosives experts in furtherance of the plot. And as El Bahnasawy and Haroon prepared to execute the NYC Attacks, Salic allegedly wired money from the Philippines to the United States to help fund the terrorist operation,” a Department of Justice statement said.
“The planned attacks included detonating bombs in Times Square and the New York City subway system and shooting civilians at specific concert venues.”
They had planned to carry out the attack during Ramadan in 2016.
Salic was allegedly financing the attack. He had reportedly sent “approximately $423”, and had promised to send more. El Bahnasawy is alleged to have sent the undercover FBI agent an image of Times Square with a message stating “we seriously need a car bomb.”. He is also allegedly have said that he wanted to create “the next 9/11.”
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