Three charged over New York ter­ror plans

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - World­wide -

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.

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