Federal authorities arrested a man Thursday who was planning to throw explosives at people in Times Square, law enforcement sources tell the Daily News.
Residents of the predominately Muslim neighborhood in Jackson Heights were floored to learn about the allegations against Ashiqul Alam.“ (NY Post)
The Islamic jihadists refer to the texts and teachings of Islam — the Qur’an and the example of Muhammad — to justify their actions and make recruits among peaceful Muslims. Those Muslims who reject that understanding of Islam are not doing anything to combat it. There is, for example, not a single program in any mosque or Islamic school in the US to teach young Muslims to reject the Islamic State’s understanding of Islam.
Authorities: Ashiqul Alam Of Queens Wanted To Attack Times Square With Guns, Suicide Vests And Grenades
CBS New York, June 7, 2019:
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Queens man has been arrested after authorities say he plotted to bomb Manhattan’s Times Square.
The 22-year-old man from Queens allegedly bought guns and wanted to use a suicide vest and grenades to attack Times Square to kill police officers and civilians.
Authorities say Alam bought two guns with their serial numbers removed from undercover agents.
“Mr. Alam discussed guns, suicide vests, hand grenades, and surveilled crowded New York targets such as Times Square”, said Police Commissioner James O’Neill. “Our job is to prevent these terrorist attacks whenever we can before they are carried out. This case is another example of the tightly-knit teamwork of the JTTF and the NYPD’s Intelligence Bureau. Mr. Alam is charged with illegally purchasing untraceable firearms from undercover officers. That was a clear indicator of his intent to move his plot forward.”
Authorities say Alam wanted to either attack Times Square or Washington D.C., with an eye toward killing a “senior government official.”
Alam reportedly went to Times Square for reconnaissance and made videos as he was researching potential targets.
Authorities say Alam underwent laser surgery to correct his vision and allegedly linked his decision to get surgery with his plot.
“Let’s say we are in an attack, right, say that my glasses fall off. What if I accidentally shoot you? You know what I mean. Imagine what the news channel would call me the ‘Looney Tunes Terrorist’ or the ‘Blind Terrorist,’” Alam allegedly said.
Police believe he was working alone.
Sources say Alam got on law enforcement’s radar after searching for explosives. Authorities then set up a sting.
He was arrested Thursday after trying to purchase guns from officers with the JTTF.
Alam was taken into custody and is expected to be arraigned in federal court Friday afternoon in Brooklyn.
There’s no indication Alam was part of a larger plot and it looks like a “lone wolf” situation.
Sources say the public was not in danger at any time.
People visiting Times Square said they were relieved.
“That’s great that they were foil the attempt. It’s just always disheartening to hear someone trying to buy something that would hurt someone else,” one man said.
“Thank goodness they’re on top of it. I’m glad that our safety is being taken care of,” one woman said.
“I feel like stuff like that goes on is the world every day. Yeah, I feel safe. I mean, they caught him, so,” another man said.
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