NY Man Arrested In Bomb Plot

November 21, 2011 by staff 

NY Man Arrested In Bomb Plot, A Manhattan man who became fascinated by American-born Muslim militant Anwar al-Awlaki was arrested on charges of plotting to build and detonate a bomb in New York, city officials announced Sunday night.

At a hastily called City Hall news conference, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who appeared alongside Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, said the suspect, Jose Pimentel, 27, had begun building a pipe bomb in August.

But it was the death of al-Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike in Yemen in September, that “jacked up his speed, so to speak,” Kelly said.

He said Pimentel, a convert to Islam who was also known as Muhammad Yusuf, had been under police surveillance for two years and was arrested Saturday at his home after investigators believed that he had assembled explosive devices.

Holes had been drilled into pipes, sulfur was scraped off of matches, nails were ready to be used as shrapnel and wires of some kind were used to fashion an ignition device, according to a law enforcement official.

Kelly said “Pimentel talked about killing U.S. military personnel returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, particularly Marines and Army personnel. He talked about bombing post offices in and around Washington Heights and police cars in New York City, as well as a police station in Bayonne, N.J.”

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