Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Pleads Guilty to Terrorist Charges in New York City:U.S. Authorities

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Pleads Guilty to Terrorist Charges in New York City:U.S. Authorities

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Canadian pleads guilty to terror charges in NYC

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NEW YORK - U.S. authorities said a 19-year-old Canadian pleaded guilty to terrorism-related charges in connection with what they call an ISIS-inspired plot to target landmarks in New York City more than a year ago, including Times Square and the city's subway system.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York says the Canadian, identified as Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, of Mississauga, Ont., has been in custody since the FBI arrested him in New Jersey in May 2016.

The arrests were first announced Friday following a court's unsealing of federal terrorism charges against the three men. A spokesman for the justice department said late Friday that the case needed to be sealed for more than a year to protect the ongoing investigation, but he did not elaborate.

The other two accused are identified as Talha Haroon, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen residing in Pakistan, and Russell Salic, 37, from the Philippines.

U.S. authorities allege the three men communicated through Internet messaging applications, allegedly plotting to carry out bombing and shootings in heavily populated areas of New York City during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in 2016.

They also allege that while in Canada, El Bahnasawy purchased bomb-making materials and helped secure a cabin within driving distance of New York City to use for building the explosive devices and staging the attacks.

El Bahnasawy and Haroon began communicating with an undercover FBI agent posing as an ISIS supporter, and declared their allegiance to the terror group.

El Bahnasawy stated to the agent that "[t]hese Americans need an attack" and that he aspired to "create the next 9/11" with plans to come to New York from Canada, American authorities alleged. …

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