The scheme was extra nefarious than many: The group, which needed to assault Occasions Sq. and the New York Metropolis subway system, claimed to have been in contact with an Islamic State affiliate to acquire official sanction of the fear group, prosecutors stated.
Certainly one of them, a U.S. citizen dwelling in Pakistan, traveled round that nation to satisfy with explosives specialists, and one other bought bomb-making supplies and secured a cabin inside driving distance of New York Metropolis, the prosecutors stated.
By that point, although, the group was unknowingly speaking with an undercover FBI agent, who was posing as an Islamic State supporter, authorities stated.
Authorities arrested one within the group in Might 2016, after he traveled to the USA to organize for the assaults, and took the others into custody in Pakistan and the Philippines in September 2016 and April 2017.
Charged within the case have been Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, a 19-yr-previous Canadian citizen; Talha Haroon, a 19-yr-previous U.S. citizen dwelling in Pakistan; and Russell Salic, a 37-yr-previous Philippine citizen, authorities stated.
El Bahnasawy was arrested in New Jersey in Might and already has pleaded responsible to terrorism offenses. The opposite two have been arrested within the nations during which they reside and prosecutors are hoping to extradite them to america, authorities stated.
Prosecutors introduced the case towards the lads as investigators proceed to discover what sparked a sixty four-yr-previous retired accountant to open hearth on a crowd at an outside live performance on the Vegas Strip, killing fifty eight and injuring a whole lot extra within the worst mass capturing in trendy American historical past. The Islamic State has claimed that assault, although authorities have stated repeatedly they’ve discovered no proof to help the fear group’s assertion.
Prosecutors alleged the lads in New York plotted comparable mass destruction in the course of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The lads needed to hold out bombings and shootings in Occasions Sq. and the New York Metropolis subway system and shoot individuals at live performance venues, they usually referenced comparable assaults in Brussels and Paris, authorities stated.
El Bahnasawy advised the undercover FBI agent he needed to “create the subsequent 9-11,” and in Might 2016, despatched maps of the New York Metropolis subway system with plans for the place explosives could possibly be detonated, prosecutors alleged. He additionally asserted the group ought to put a automotive bomb in Occasions Sq., prosecutors alleged.
“Take a look at these crowds of individuals!” he wrote, in line with prosecutors.
In the meantime, in Pakistan, Haroon…