ISIS Sympathizers Planned “the Next 9/11” with Attacks on Concerts, Subways and Times Square

Three men living outside the U.S. planned to attack concerts, Times Square, and crowded subways in 2016 in an ISIS-inspired attack that one said he hoped would be “the next 9/11,” the FBI announced.

Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, 19, a Canadian citizen; Talha Haroon, 19, a U.S. citizen based in Pakistan; and Russell Salic, 37, an orthopedic surgeon in the Philippines used chat apps to talk about bringing a car bomb into the Crossroads of the World, gunning down subway riders before detonating vests, and opening fire on concertgoers in the vein of the Paris terror attacks of 2015.
FBI officials said Al Bahnasawy traveled to Cranford, N.J., in May 2016 and had designs on carrying out the attacks. Prosecutors said that El Bahnasawy bought bomb-making materials while in Canada, while Haroon allegedly met with an explosives expert in Pakistan to get more information on how to build bombs.


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