ISIS terror plot thwarted in NYC a year ago

ISIS terror plot thwarted in NYC a year ago

In the confession, which was made a year ago, El Bahnasawy said he traveled from Canada to the USA and planned to carry out attacks on Times Square and the New York City subway system.

The three men, a 19-year old Canadian citizen named Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, a 19-year old USA citizen named Talha Haroon, and a 37-year old Philippine citizen named Russell Salic, allegedly communicated through a variety of internet messaging applications, which they used to plot their attacks.

At one point in May 2016, court papers stated, El Bahnasawy sent the undercover agent a picture of Times Square with the message "we seriously need a vehicle bomb at times square".

A Canadian citizen who's admitted plotting to attack Times Square, the subway and other NY targets in the name of the Islamic State group has struggled with drug addiction and unspecified psychological problems, according to court papers made public this week.

The investigation involved an FBI undercover agent posing as an Islamic extremist and communicated with El Bahnasawy by smartphone, according to criminal complaints. He later shipped the material to the undercover agent in the United States, where he and Haroon planned to use a cabin in a rural area within driving distance of the city to build bombs and take target practice, they said.

A Canadian teen who admitted plotting to attack New York City landmarks suffered from drug addiction and mental health issues, newly released court documents show.

In New York, which hosts Times Square New Year's Eve and other events surrounded by high-rises, police say they use rooftop snipers to scan for threats, and make security sweeps of nearby hotels. "That's how the Paris guys did it".

Haroon allegedly expressed plans for carnage in the subway system and, according to court papers, said they should shoot as many passengers as possible including "women or kids", and then set off explosive vests when they ran out of bullets.

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Around the same time, the two allegedly had been talking with Salic, known as "the doctor", about getting money to carry out the attack.

Key to uncovering the plot was an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who convinced the suspects that he was an ISIS supporter ready to help in the attacks, officials said.

The undercover also sent Salic a picture of hydrogen peroxide El Bahnasawy had bought to carry out the attacks; Salic allegedly responded by saying he might carry out his own attack if he wasn't able to go to Syria to join ISIS.

Haroon was arrested in Pakistan in or about September 2016, and SALIC was arrested in the Philippines in or about April 2017.

El Bahnasawy was detained on May 21, 2016, after he traveled to Cranford, New Jersey, to carry out the attacks; he has since pleaded guilty to multiple terrorism offenses. All three men were charged with seven terror-related counts, including conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Haroon and Salic have been arrested in foreign countries by foreign authorities in connection with these charges "and it is the hope and expectation of this Office and U.S. law enforcement that they will be extradited to the United States to face justice in a United States court", the U.S. Attorney's Office said in the press release.

The other two men could also spend the rest of their lives behind bars, if convicted.

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