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Authorities have arrested three men in connection with an alleged ISIS-inspired plot to target music concerts, landmarks and crowded subways in New York, federal prosecutors announced Friday afternoon.
Three men, Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, a 19-year-old Canadian citizen; Talha Haroon, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen based in Pakistan; and Russell Salic, a 37-year-old Philippines citizen were all arrested on terror-related charges in the alleged plot that would have targeted New York City during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in 2016, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim.
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El Bahnasawy was arrested on May 21, 2016, in New Jersey and was preparing to carry out the attacks; he has since pleaded guilty to multiple terrorism offenses. Haroon had allegeldy made plans to travel to New York to join El Bahnasawy and was arrested in Pakistan. Salic, who allegedly wired money to the U.S. to fund the attack, was arrested in his home country.
Attorney information for the three men wasn't immediately available.
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Kim's office said this latest New York terror plot was more aspirational than operational, but the trio talked about setting off bombs in Times Square and the subway system. Prosecutors said that Al Bahnasawy also communicated with an undercover agent posing as an ISIS sympathizer about wanting to "shoot up concerts cuz they kill lots of people."
"We just need guns in our hands," El Bahnasawy said. "That's how the Paris guys did it."
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Haroon, meanwhile, told the undercover agent that he saw the subway as a "perfect" attack for the Ramadan attack, and that they should shoot as many train riders as possible before setting off suicide vests. He even talked about getting supplies to make explosives for the attack.
"When we runout of bullets we let the vests go off," he said on May 5, 2016.
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Then, three days later Haroon added,...
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