Sec­ond man is ar­rested in N.Y. terror in­quiry

Author­i­ties say the pair had in­tended to bomb or at­tack New York City on be­half of Is­lamic State.

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NEW YORK — A sec­ond col­lege stu­dent was ar­rested Wed­nes­day in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of an al­leged plot to stage a pres­sure-cooker bomb at­tack in New York City on be­half of the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist group.

Fereed Mu­muni, 21, was or­dered held with­out bail on at­tempted mur­der charges. He is ac­cused of at­tempt­ing to kill an FBI agent with a large kitchen knife when agents tried to ex­e­cute a search war­rant at his Staten Is­land home.

He be­came the latest de­fen­dant in the spate of cases in the city and else­where in­volv­ing young men and women pur­port­edly rad­i­cal­ized by the mil­i­tant group’s pro­pa­ganda.

Af­ter his ar­rest, Mu­muni told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he had pledged al­le­giance to Is­lamic State and that he planned to travel over­seas to fight with the mil­i­tants, ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment pa­pers.

If he didn’t suc­ceed with that, “he in­tended to at­tack law en­force­ment of­fi­cers,” the pa­pers added.

Out­side fed­eral court in Brook­lyn, de­fense at­tor­ney An­thony Ricco de­nied that Mu­muni was an Is­lamic State con­vert. Ricco said his client is a prac­tic­ing Mus­lim who at­tends the Col­lege of Staten Is­land.

The ar­rest sur­prised his fam­ily, who “know him as a quiet, soft-spo­ken per­son,” Ricco added.

On Tues­day, author­i­ties had an­nounced the ar­rest of col­lege stu­dent Mun­ther Omar Saleh.

Court pa­pers called the 20-year-old Saleh a “fer­vent sup­porter” of Is­lamic State who wanted to at­tack New York. Author­i­ties say he searched the In­ter­net for in­for­ma­tion about pres­sure­cooker bombs, city land­marks and tourist at­trac­tions.

There was no im­me­di­ate re­sponse to a mes­sage left Wed­nes­day with Saleh’s at­tor­ney.

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