NYC Terror Plot Foiled; Police Cars and Troops Were Targets
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces an arrest in an alleged terror plot.
The man was taken down by an informant of the New York City Police Department.
"New York City police officers arrested a 27-year-old Al Qaeda sympathizer who was plotting to bomb police patrol cars and also postal facilities as well as targeted U.S. service members returning home," said Mayor Bloomberg.
A NYPD informant watching the U.S. citizen, Jose Pimentel, a Manhattan resident, for two and a half years.
The city's police commissioner says the suspect had been bomb making the last six weeks and seemed to be enraged by the killing of American born terrorist Anwar Al-Awlaki.
"Clearly he jacked up his speed so-to-speak after the elimination of Anwar Al-Awlaki," said New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
The suspect was allegedly motivated by Al Qaeda in Yemen's propaganda leaflet "Inspire" magazine.
"The suspect was a so-called 'lone wolf' motivated by own resentment of the presence of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as inspired by Al Qaeda propaganda," said Mayor Bloomberg.
"Inspire him it did. The bomb Pimentel is charged with building came straight from the pages of 'Inspire' magazine," said New York City District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.
New York City brass calling Pimentel a "lone wolf" multiple times.
Court documents say that Pimentel's been charged with three terrorism-related counts including conspiracy and weapons possession.