Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

FBI Charges Three for Alleged Islamic State Plot Targeting NY Concerts

FBI Charges Three for Alleged Islamic State Plot Targeting NY Concerts

"NY Needs to fall", Haroon told the undercover agent.

Officials said the plot was more "aspirational" than "operational".

When El Bahnasawy travelled from Canada to New Jersey investigators sprung into action and arrested him.

Three people have been charged with involvement in the planned attacks, which were to be carried out in the name of the Islamic State group during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in 2016, they said. The pair allegedly boasted about having "a good plan for subways" and marked up an MTA subway map.

The FBI on Friday warned of a potential threat to New York City's Times Square.

Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy also wanted to "bombard [a crowd] during concerts" to kill as many people as possible.

Damage outside the Bataclan concert hall.

El Bahnasawy sent the undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent an image of Times Square, saying that "we seriously need a vehicle bomb" to attack it and that he wanted to "shoot up concerts cuz they kill a lot of people". "That's how Paris guys did it", the papers said.

"When we come up short on slugs we let the vests go off", he said on May 5, 2016.

El Bahnasawy reportedly purchased bomb-making materials and helped secure a cabin within driving distance of NYC to use for building the explosive devices and staging the attacks.

On May 20, the USA man deemed Times Square the "perfect spot" for the attack, the release alleges.

Russell Salic, a 37-year-old from the Philippines, is accused of sending money to El Bahnasawy and Haroon to fund the alleged plot.

They communicated through a messaging app but were caught when they revealed their plans to an undercover agent pretending to be an ISIS member.

It wasn't just talk, according to the complaint.

Mr Haroon and Mr Salic were both also arrested.

Attorney information for the three men wasn't immediately available.

El Bahnasawy has pleaded guilty to his role and awaits sentencing, as the two other men await extradition to the USA to face charges. That parallels the Paris attacks, but also Brussels and Mumbai.

There is no sign that the terrorist group participated in the planning. Twenty people were killed when a terrorist bomb exploded as the crowd was heading for the exits.

Mr Salic, known as "the doctor", an apparent reference to his training as an orthopaedic surgeon, wired Mr El Bahnasawy $423 via Western Union to buy ammunition and bomb-making materials for the planned attacks, prosecutors said. "They will take a gander at the degree of the plans being made and the degree that these folks are taking activities to facilitate those plans". The authorities hope to extradite them to face trial.

Times Square observed a fizzled auto bomb endeavor by fear based oppressor Faisal Shahzad and the 2009 Zazi plot was set to be a progression of knapsack bombings on the metros. The trial of accused Chelsea bomber Ahmad Rahimi is now underway in lower Manhattan.

Like this: