Jun 17 2015
MUSLIM college student arrested for plotting with ISIS to blow up New York City landmarks and tourist attractions
Recorded saying he thought al-Qaeda had gotten “too moderate,” Munther Omar Saleh, a 20-year-old MUSLIM terrorist wannabe and aeronautic engineering student, is charged with conspiring to provide material support to ISIS and plotting to detonate bombs.
NY Daily News The feds have foiled an ISIS-loving Queens Muslim man’s bid to unleash a Boston Marathon-type bombing in New York, authorities said. Munther Omar Saleh is suspected of trying to build and detonate pressure cooker bombs, according to court papers released Tuesday.
Saleh, a student at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Queens, is a “fervent supporter” of the barbaric Islamic terrorist organization that has shocked the world with videotapes of prisoner executions and beheadings, the criminal complaint says. Saleh told a confidential government informant that he was “trying to do an op” in New York, apparently referring to a terrorist attack, according to the court papers.
Saleh’s disturbing tweets mocking the terrorist group Al Qaeda for being too moderate compared with ISIS caught the attention of authorities earlier this year. In March, he was spotted by cops lurking on foot on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge carrying a lantern, the papers say.
He was questioned by investigators from the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force and disavowed ISIS, but court-ordered surveillance of his Internet searches revealed a darker side.
On May 7, “Saleh emailed himself information from the Internet regarding the construction of a pressure cooker bomb,” the Brooklyn Federal Court complaint states. That’s the same type of lethal device detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.
On May 10, “Saleh performed Internet searches for the terms ‘watch,’ ‘casio,’ and ‘vacuum’. . . these searches reflect Saleh’s efforts to identify and obtain components required to create an explosive device.” Saleh was also surfing the Web for images of New York landmarks and tourist attractions on May 28, the complaint states.
A man who identified himself as Saleh’s father was shocked by the allegations. “My son can’t even drive. How could he drive a car?” he said. The complaint also refers to two unidentified co-conspirators of Saleh who were apparently taken into custody, but it is unclear if they are cooperating with the government.