11th December 05:13 PM
FBI agent helps reveal Islamic State attack plot on New York
By Dhanjay Deo
Sunday 08/10/2017
New York's subway system is alleged to have been a target of the bombers [Photo: BBC]

A jihadist plot to attack New York City including Times Square and the subway system was foiled with the help of an undercover FBI agent.

One man in the US and two others in Pakistan and the Philippines are under arrest and face charges of plotting the attacks which they hoped to carry out in the name of the Islamic State group.

One of the suspects allegedly said he wanted to create "the next 9/11".

The trio allegedly used chat apps to plan their attack.

According to BBC, it was prevented last year with the help of an undercover FBI agent ‑ posing as an IS supporter ‑ who communicated with the three plotters. Details of the alleged plot were released yesterday as prosecutors revealed the charges.

The trio are alleged to have wanted to attack Times Square when it was heavily crowded.

Police on Friday announced charges against 19-year-old, Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, a Canadian citizen detained in New York, Talha Haroon, also 19 years old, a US citizen based in Pakistan and 37-year-old Russell Salic from the Philippines.

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