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Three men were charged in connection with an ISIS-inspired plot on Times Square, the NYC subway, and concerts, according to court records unsealed on Friday. One was an American citizen, one a Canadian, and one from the Philippines.
Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, 19, is a Canadian citizen. Talha Haroon, 19, is an American citizen living in Pakistan. Russell Salic, 37, is a Philippine citizen. All three have been arrested; Haroon and Salic are awaiting extradition.
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Experts are calling the plot “amateur” but if it had occurred, it would have been devastating.
According to the Toronto Star, the men communicated via the internet.
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“In messages, El Bahnasawy and Haroon said they intended to carry out the killings on behalf of Daesh, also known as ISIS and ISIL, using a plan similar to that used in attacks on Paris and Brussels.
El Bahnasawy told the undercover agent he was talking with a Daesh affiliate in Pakistan, and was planning to “create the next 9/11.”
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“(W)e seriously need a car bomb at times square,” wrote El Bahnasawy on May 12, 2016, sending the message alongside a photo of the landmark. “Look at these crowds of people!”
They discussed the idea again on May 20, 2016, when Haroon suggested they “(d)rive by or we surround the whole street and trap them and kill as many as possible,” the Justice Department said.
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“I wanna kill . . . them in thousands,” Haroon allegedly wrote.
“We have to make a ocean out of their blood. Leave no one standing.”
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Also on May 12, 2016, El Bahnasawy said he wanted to “shoot up concerts cuz they kill a lot of...
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