Court records said the planned attacks included detonating bombs in Times Square and in the New York City subway system, and shooting civilians at specific concert venues.
Prosecutors on Thursday unsealed charges against Canadian citizen Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, 19, Philippine citizen Russell Salic, 37, and Talha Haroon, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen residing in Pakistan.
Abdulrahman el Bahnasawy, a 19-year-old Canadian citizen, allegedly purchased bomb-making materials and secured a cabin within driving distance of NY in which to assemble them.
El Bahnasaway was arrested in May 2016 and has already pleaded guilty.
"It is the hope and expectation of this Office and USA law enforcement that they will be extradited to the United States to face justice in a United States court", the press release states.
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In its exchanges with the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, the Canadian would have said they want to "kill many people" and attack concerts: "We enter with our weapons in hand, it is such as the types of Paris have done", he reportedly said, referring to the attacks in Paris in November 2015, according to the prosecutor.
A trio of twisted wannabe terrorists, including a USA citizen, were planning to strike the city over the summer of 2016, during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, officials said. Salic pledged to raise money for the operation, and later sent the same agent $423 in funding.
Neither Haroon nor Salic have been approved yet for extradition. Salic is awaiting extradition from the Philippines, and Haroon is awaiting extradition from Pakistan.
The US Department of Justice says that Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy is one of three people arrested in connection with an alleged plot a year and a half ago.
Terrorists planned to kill people in Times Square, concert venues, and the subway system but fell foul of undercover agents.
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Talha Haroon would have planned to arrive in the United States at the last moment to help perpetrate the attacks.
Bahnasawy was looking to target the New York City landmark while Haroon wanted to target the Subway.
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He also said, "Then once we reach the second station get off and start killing on the station as well and if we get trapped we let the [explosive] vests go off". Around May 6, he told the agent he had researched concerts in the New York City area looking for one in a "closed area" and "far away from cops". Salic, who professedly wired cash to the U.S.to support the assault, was captured in his nation of origin.
That same day, he also expressed his desire to "shoot up concerts cuz (sic) they kill a lot of people".
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The DoJ rounded up the suspects beginning in May 2016 in the USA, followed by an arrest in Pakistan in late 2016 and in the Philippines in April of this year.