Three charged over New York terror plans
US prosecutors have announced that three men have been arrested for plotting attacks in New York City for the so-called Islamic State group in the summer of 2016.
The planned attacks — thwarted by an undercover FBI officer posing as an Isil extremist — included detonating bombs in Manhattan’s Times Square and on the subway.
An investigation led to the arrest last year of US citizen Talha Haroon, 19, in Pakistan, and Russell Salic, 37, in the Philippines, where he is a citizen.
According to court papers, Canadian Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, 19, sent the undercover officer an image of Times Square, saying, “We seriously need to car-bomb Times Square. Look at these crowds of people!”
In another, he expressed a desire to “shoot-up concerts cuz they kill a lot people... We just walk in with guns in our hands. That’s how Paris guys did it.”
The three men all face life imprisonment.