PakIstani-American Accused Of Planning NY Attacks

NEW YORK – A Pakistani-American teen allegedly planned deadly attacks in New York (NY) City on behalf of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation and wanted to inspire others to launch similar offensives, US officials have said.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C Demers said on Friday that Awais Chudhary, 19, “allegedly planned to conduct a deadly attack in New York on behalf of the IS”. Chudhary was produced in a federal court on Friday and charged with attempting to provide material support to the IS, and Magistrate Judge James Orenstein ordered him held without bail.

He was detained on Thursday when he went to an online vendor’s retail outlet to pick up gear he had ordered to record his planned attacks. City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said: “Awais Chudhary had accepted the call from the IS to kill fellow New Yorkers.” Before he was arrested by the New York Police’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Chudhary “had carefully planned, conducted reconnaissance, picked a target, and was in the process of obtaining the weapon and all he has left to do was to strike,” O’Neill said.

According to court documents, Chudhary was unmasked by an undercover personnel with whom he communicated his plans using text messages to conduct stabbing or bombing attacks on behalf of the IS and suggested targets including the World’s Fair Marina.

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