Federal Bureau of Investigation agent helps reveal Islamic State attack plot on NY

Katrina Barker
October 8, 2017

Talha Haroon, 19, was arrested in Pakistan past year for his involvement, while Russell Salic, 37, was arrested in April.

Haroon and Salic have been arrested in other countries by foreign authorities in connection with these charges and the Justice Department expects that they will be extradited to the USA to face justice in an American court. According to prosecutors, all three have been arrested and El Bahnasawy has already pleaded guilty following his May 2016 arrest.

Bahnasawy, a 19-year-old Canadian who purchased bomb-making materials and was arrested after traveling to the United States, has pleaded guilty to "terrorism offenses", the statement said. He is pending extradition to the US.

AN orthopedic surgeon based in Cagayan de Oro City has been charged by the U.S. government for financing a foiled Islamic State (IS) plot to bomb New York City's Times Square and subway system.

Court documents quoted El Bahnasawy as saying, "We just walk in with guns in our hands". Prosecutors said that Al Bahnasawy likewise spoke with a covert operator acting like an ISIS sympathizer about needing to "shoot up shows cuz they murder bunches of individuals".

The men planned to detonate bombs in Times Square, a popular tourist destination, and on the subway, according to the District Attorney.

The trio allegedly used chat apps to plan their attack.

"Look at these crowds of people!" he wrote, according to prosecutors.

A 19-year-old Mississauga man has pleaded guilty to terrorism-related charges revolving around a plot to attack New York City.

Salic also began communicating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, eventually sending "approximately $423" to fund the attacks and promising to send more, according to prosecutors.

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 objective of making explosives. Haroon was arrested in Pakistan in October of 2016, and Saric was arrested in the Philippines in April 2017 and is awaiting extradition.

The FBI on Friday warned of a potential threat to New York City's Times Square.

El Bahnasawy, in writing about attacking a concert, referred to terrorist attacks in 2015 at various locations in Paris, including at a concert hall.

Meanwhile, Haroon allegedly asked an explosives expert for advice and planned to travel from Pakistan to help El Bahnasawy carry out the attack.

"The US can also request for a temporary surrender of Salic to its custody, but it's in our options to require him to face criminal complaints here first", Paras said.

In extensive communications with the undercover agent, El Bahnasawy allegedly boasted that he aspired to "create the next 9/11". All told, the charges could carry three life sentences and up to 70 years in prison.

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