US: Muslim terrorist planned mass murder at Times Square with guns, suicide vests and grenades
A 22-year-old Muslim terrorist has been arrested for plotting to bomb Manhattan’s Times Square in order to mass murder non-Muslim police officers and civilians.
Ashiqul Alam, a Bangladeshi citizen who is a lawful permanent US resident, was taken into custody Thursday by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes both the NYPD and FBI.
The Muslim terrorist, from Queens, bought illegal guns and wanted to use a suicide vest and grenades to attack Times Square to murder police officers and civilians.
Authorities say Alam bought two guns with their serial numbers removed from undercover agents, after discussing and boasting about his attack plans for months with an undercover federal investigator.
Accompanied by the investigator, the Muslim terrorist went to Times Square for reconnaissance and made videos as he was researching potential targets.
“Alam stated that if they completed an attack successfully, then they would become ‘legends,'” FBI Special Agent Sean Dillon stated in the court filing.
Alam is represented by Federal Defenders, who offered a bail package of $200,000 and to have their client wear an ankle monitoring device and home confinement.
But a federal court judge, Magistrate Cheryl Pollak, ordered Alam to be “permanently detained,” labeling him a “danger” to the community based on his statements in the complaint and his desire to purchase firearms with the serial numbers scratched out.
Outside of court neither his family nor lawyer would comment.
“What do you think about your son’s charges? What do you have to say about the firearms purchases? The judge called your client a danger to the community – do you believe that?” Gainer asked.
“No comment,” was the reply.