New York: Planned attack in Manhattan – police arrest terror suspects

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Attack planned in Manhattan – police arrest terror suspects

Published on 06/07/2019 | Reading time: 2 minutes

Times Square is visited by hundreds of thousands of people every day

Possible target: Times Square is visited by hundreds of thousands of people every day

Source: dpa / Richard Drew

He reportedly extolled Osama bin Laden and wondered how best to kill people in Times Square. But the men he spoke to were undercover New York police.

Dhe New York police may have prevented a terrorist attack in central Manhattan. “Someone was arrested who had planned to detonate a bomb in Times Square,” said a police spokesman for the German press agency on Friday. The man had been taken into custody by a special anti-terrorist unit. According to the spokesman, investigations by the security forces led to the arrest.

The US broadcaster CNN reported that the man had made himself suspicious of wanting to buy firearms and grenades. He also said he wanted to kill police officers and government employees in Times Square. Accordingly, the arrest was made on Thursday. Times Square is one of the tourist and economic centers of the US metropolis and is visited by hundreds of thousands of people every day.

Suspect relied on bin Laden

The “New York Times” cited allegations by the investigators against the 22-year-old, who comes from Bangladesh and is entitled to stay in the USA thanks to a green card. Accordingly, he said to an undercover agent that Osama bin Laden had “done what he had to do” with the attacks of September 11th. In further conversations he talked about a possible terrorist attack and was finally arrested after buying two pistols with serial numbers made unrecognizable.

According to the newspaper, the investigators had been in contact for months with the man who had discussed the possibility of a suicide attack or a rocket launcher at the One World Trade Center. Despite this intention, however, he did not pose a direct threat.

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