Terror plot to bomb NYC's Time Square, subway foiled, say police

Terror plot to bomb NYC's Time Square, subway foiled, say police

Terror plot to bomb NYC's Time Square, subway foiled, say police

The trio was identified as 19-year-old Canadian citizen Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, 19-year-old Tala Haroon, a USA citizen residing in Pakistan, and Russel Salic, 37, of the Philippines.

Charged in the case were Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, a 19-year-old Canadian citizen; Talha Haroon, a 19-year-old US citizen living in Pakistan; and Russell Salic, a 37-year-old Philippine citizen, authorities said.

"Haroon and Salic have been arrested in foreign countries by foreign authorities in connection with these charges and it is the hope and expectation of this Office and U.S. law enforcement that they will be extradited to the United States to face justice in a United States court", it added.

Three people were arrested for planning to conduct a combined ISIS-inspired terror attack in various crowded NY locations, including Times Square and the city subway.

El Bahnasawy and Haroon told the undercover officer of their intention to carry out attacks similar to those in Paris and Brussels and El Bahnasawy said he was in contact with an IS affiliate about obtaining official sanction for the attacks, the department said.

"But if ur a cop then arrest me now [.]", he wrote the undercover agent.

"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.

While the alleged plot was apparently uncovered and interrupted months ago, investigators were not prepared to announce its existence until Friday, in part because the search continued for other possible terror connections.

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The men began to plan where to attack; on May 1, 2016 Mr El Bahnasawy sent images of maps of the New York City subway system containing markings of possible places to attack.

All three men are charged with conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiring to commit terrorism and other related offenses, authorities said.

Bahnasawy was looking to target the New York City landmark while Haroon wanted to target the Subway. Salic allegedly provided financing for the planned attacks.

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.

The officials say the plot was broken up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York Police Department. Salic, who professedly wired cash to the U.S.to support the assault, was captured in his nation of origin.

In a communication in April 2016, El Bahnasawy introduced himself to the undercover agent, saying, "I'm one of the guys from the United States project", according to one complaint.

Haroon was arrested in Pakistan in September last year, and Salic was detained in April this year.

"They are going to look at the extent of the plans being made and the extent that these guys are taking actions to further those plans", Mr Klaver said.

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