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FBI and NYPD foil terrorism plot targeting New York
New Hampshire Union Leader
NEW YORK - A trio of maniacal terrorists targeted women and children - hoping to make "an ocean out of their blood" - in a failed attack they dreamed would be on par with 9/11, federal officials said Friday.
The Islamic State-inspired plot to set off bombs in Times Square, the New York City subway system and at concerts in the Big Apple was thwarted by the FBI and NYPD before it ever got off the ground.
A federal court unsealed indictments against the three men in connection with the foiled attack, set to be carried out last summer, according to acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim.
The would-be jihadists were identified as 19-year-old Canadian Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, 19-year-old Tala Haroon, a U.S. citizen who lives in Pakistan, and Russel Salic, 37, of the Philippines.
El Bahnasawy and Haroon began sharing their fantasies of death and destruction last spring via web messaging apps, unwittingly telling an undercover agent, "these Americans need an attack," and that they wanted to "create the next 9/11."
El Bahnasawy allegedly bought bomb-making materials and rented a cabin near the city to build and store explosives, according to federal court papers.
He said he wanted to "practice shooting" at the cabin site if it was not "too close to people."
Haroon planned to travel to the city to help him execute the strike -- and met with bomb experts in Pakistan.
The American citizen told the agent he wanted to "cause great destruction to the filthy kuffars by our hands."
Meanwhile, Salic wired money from the Philippines to help cover costs.
On May 1, 2016, El Bahnasawy sent multiple images of maps of the city's subway system containing markings of places to attack.
One map made clear that El Bahnasawy wanted to target the No. 7 train and line Nos. 4, 5 and 6.