3 men arrested in alleged ISIS-inspired plot targeting New York City

Violet Powell
October 8, 2017

A Canadian citizen inspired by Islamic State to create "the next 9/11" and two other men plotted to attack Times Square and the New York City subway system with bombs and a shooting spree during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan a year ago, according to federal charges unsealed on Friday.

Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, 19, - a Canadian arrested in New York, Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, 19, Philippine citizen Russell Salic, 37, also arrested, and Talha Haroon, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen residing in Pakistan who was arrested in Pakistan.

Those charged are, Talha Haroon, a 19-year-old USA citizen residing in #Pakistan, Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, a 19-year-old Canadian citizen, and Russell Salic, a 37-year-old Philippine citizen.

El Bahnasawy had allegedly traveled to New Jersey from Canada, he allegedly purchased bomb-making materials - including 40 pounds of hydrogen peroxide - that he shipped to an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent to whom he allegedly expressed an intention of carrying out Paris- and Brussels-like terror attacks in New York City, court documents state.

Haroon and Salic have been arrested overseas, and their extradition to the U.S. is pending.

The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday announced the indictment of three men charged with participating in an global plot to carry out terrorist attacks in New York City.

In messages with his accomplices and an undercover agent, Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy said that "these Americans need an attack" and that he aspired to "create the next September 11", around May 22, 2016.

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Salic sent the agent some $424 and said he may send more in the future. Unli [k] e in Aus (Australia) or Uk (the United Kingdom) even liking FB (Facebook) status will put [] u in jail.

He said he would send more money to support IS terror attacks, telling the undercover agent, "In Sha Allah once we have the blessings again we will distribute again".

In November 2016, USA authorities charged a New York City taxi driver with attempting to join ISIS and expressing support for a truck attack in Times Square to emulate the July incident in Nice, France, that left 86 people dead.

It says he "conveyed his desire to carry out a terrorist attack in New York City", and said "we will show them what they hadn't seen in 2001". They then reached out to Saric, who they called "The Doctor", in May to help finance their plans.

The complaints lay out in chilling detail the lengths the men went to plan attacks in crowded areas with maximum casualties, and allege they spoke numerous times of killing as many people as possible. Salic in the Philippines allegedly wired money to the US intending to fund the plot. Salic, who professedly wired cash to the U.S.to support the assault, was captured in his nation of origin.

The indictment said he also wanted to 'shoot up concerts cuz they kill a lot of people'. The authorities hope to extradite them to face trial.

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