Three men arrested in plot to bomb NYC subway and Times Square


Kim's office said this most recent NY fear plot was more optimistic than operational, however the trio discussed setting off bombs in Times Square and the tram framework.

An alleged ISIS-inspired plot targeting New York City was revealed Friday after the case was unsealed.

WNBC reported that concerts were also part of the alleged plot.

In 2016, authorities in Pakistan arrested Talha Haroon, 19, a USA citizen who lives there, for allegedly plotting with El Bahnasawy.

When El Bahnasawy traveled from Canada to the New York City area on May 21, 2016, to begin preparing to execute the plan, Canadian and USA law enforcement were watching and took him into custody, authorities said.

Meanwhile, El Bahnasawy shipped the bomb-making materials to the United States and allegedly told the agent he wanted to practice shooting at the cabin, which would need refrigeration for the goal of making explosives.

Meanwhile, in Pakistan, Haroon told the undercover agent that he had traveled to meet with an explosives expert "for the goal of obtaining additional information to be used in building bombs for the planned NYC attacks", the feds said.

The FBI concluded that Mr Salic also had provided the funding for a June 28, 2016, grenade attack in a nightclub in Malaysia, which injured eight people, according to Mr Haven.

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While in different countries, the three communicated through a messaging app with an ISIS supporter in the US.

Sources familiar with the case said this was not a typical law enforcement sting operation, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the NYPD became aware of the plot and introduced an undercover operative to help monitor it.

Haroon told the undercover that they would need "perming cords", or detonator cords, adding that El Bahnasawy was acquiring "all that's needed", according to the complaint. New York City was the site of the deadliest terror attack in US history, the 9/11 hijackings in 2001 that left nearly 3,000 people dead.

Neither Haroon nor Salic have been approved yet for extradition.

"Akhi [brother] let's just shoot up concerts cuz [sic] they kill a lot of people". All told, the charges could carry three life sentences and up to 70 years in prison.

But Haroon never made it to the United States and El Bahnasawy was arrested as soon as he arrived in New Jersey from Canada. Terrorists from all over the world usually come here as a breeding ground for terrorists. hahahaha. "They dont care bout IS [ISIS].loll [.] Only in west".

Haroon, who had also messaged the undercover officer "New York must fall" was arrested in Pakistan in September 2016 and Salic was arrested in the Philippines in April 2017.

After pleading guilty, El Bahnasawy is set to be sentenced on December 21.