US Arrests NY Student for ISIS-inspired Bomb Plot

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Wednesday, 17 June 2015 18:44
New York college student is accused of plotting a 'lone wolf' ISIS-inspired terror attack after he was seen scrutinizing the George Washington bridge
  • Munther Omar Saleh, 20, was arrested on Saturday after he and another man ran toward a surveillance vehicle that had been tracking them
  • Saleh, who attended Queens college, has been accused of spending hours online researching how to build a pressure cooker bomb
  • In numerous online postings, Saleh expressed support for Islamic State and praised the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris
  • A police officer observed Saleh on successive days in March on foot at the George Washington Bridge seemingly looking around

 

A New York City college student has been accused of plotting to set off a pressure cooker bomb in the city in support of ISIS, according to court documents made public on Tuesday.

Munther Omar Saleh, 20, was arrested early on Saturday morning after he and another man got out of their car and ran toward a surveillance vehicle that had been tracking their movements, according to documents filed in Brooklyn federal court.

A defense lawyer for Saleh, a student at Queens College, could not be identified on Tuesday. The other man, who was also arrested, was not named in the court documents and could not immediately be identified.

Munther Omar Saleh, 20, (pictured right, with his father left) a college student from Queens, New York, has been accused of plotting an ISIS-inspired 'lone wolf' terror attack on New York

U.S. authorities have charged a number of so-called 'lone wolf' plotters in recent months who have apparently been inspired by Islamic State, and authorities have said they are pursuing similar cases in all 50 states.

A federal agent said in court papers that Saleh, a resident of the New York City borough of Queens, spent hours online researching how to build a pressure cooker bomb and reading accounts of the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Investigators reportedly said Saleh recently enrolled at Queens college which specializes in aeronautics.

The 20-year-old was studying electrical circuitry.

In numerous online postings, Saleh expressed support for the Islamic State and at one point posted on Twitter, in an apparent reference to the militant group Al Qaeda, 'I fear AQ could be getting too moderate,' according to court papers.

He also praised various militant attacks, including the January massacre at the headquarters of the magazine Charlie Hebdo in France and murders carried out by Islamic State, authorities said.

A police officer observed Saleh on successive days in March on foot at the George Washington Bridge, which connects New Jersey and New York, seemingly looking around, the court papers said.

The behavior prompted officers to interview Saleh, who denied sympathizing with Islamic State and granted them permission to examine his computer, authorities said. 

Investigators found the computer contained Islamic State propaganda, according to court filings.

Saleh is studying at a college that specializes in aeronautics, the court papers said.

The complaint filed against Saleh mentions a third unnamed co-conspirator but does not say an arrest has been made.

A spokeswoman for the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney's office, which is prosecuting the case, declined to comment.

Saleh has not been formally charged, according to reports.

A police officer observed Saleh on successive days in March on foot at the George Washington Bridge, which connects NewJersey and New York, seemingly looking around, the court papers said

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