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Friday 21 July 2017

Police foil NY bomb plot by 'lone wolf' terrorist

Jon Swaine in Washington

A 'LONE WOLF' al-Qa'ida sympathiser who lived with his mother in New York was arrested an hour before completing bombs for attacks on US troops, police and government officials, it is alleged.

Jose Pimentel was seized by police after being filmed converting pipes into casings for bombs that could have killed dozens in New York and New Jersey, said Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City.

He was allegedly plotting to avenge the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical Islamist cleric, after reading an article in an al-Qa'ida magazine entitled 'How to make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom'.

"The New York City Police Department remains focused on preventing another terrorist attack," Mr Bloomberg said. "This is just another case where our precautions paid off."

Mr Pimentel, a 27-year-old US citizen born in the Dominican Republic, is a Muslim convert also known as Muhammad Yusuf.

Osama

He has spent most of his life in New York and once allegedly considered changing his name to Osama Hussein, to honour his "heroes" -- Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.

He lives with his mother, Carmen Sosa, who said yesterday they had drifted apart. "I don't know what's going on," she told reporters outside her home. "I didn't raise him that way. He changed."

He is alleged to have emailed Awlaki and wanted to train at his base in Yemen "before returning to New York to become a martyr", officials said.

Ray Kelly, the New York police commissioner, said: "Once his bombing campaign began, Mr Pimentel said the public would know that there were mujahideen in the city to fight jihad here."

Mr Bloomberg assured residents that Mr Pimentel was "not part of a larger conspiracy" overseas. He was a "lone wolf, motivated by his own resentment of the presence of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as inspired by al-Qa'ida propaganda", he said.

He was arrested on Sunday at the New York flat of a police informant. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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