A suspect was arrested Thursday evening for allegedly planning an attack on New York City’s famed Times Square that involved hand grenades and other possible explosives.
“A Queens man who had discussed wanting to throw a hand grenade in Times Square was arrested late Thursday by federal authorities, two law enforcement officials said,” reports the New York Times.
“The man, who was not immediately identified, was expected to appear in Federal District Court in Brooklyn on Friday, where he would be formally charged in a criminal complaint, the officials said. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case,” adds the newspaper.
According to the Times, police setup an undercover operation to arrest the suspect when he appeared to purchase the weapon.
The arrest comes after US officials confirmed ISIS was planning to send terrorists into the United States through the US-Mexico border.
A new report is highlighting the growing dangers posed by the escalating immigration crisis; with a detained ISIS member confirming the group plotted to send terrorists into America using the porous US-Mexico border.
“A chilling confession from a captured ISIS fighter has shed light on how the terrorist group intended to exploit the vulnerabilities of the U.S. border with Mexico, using English speakers and westerners to take advantage of smuggling routes and target financial institutions,” reports Fox News.
“Seized ISIS fighter Abu Henricki, a Canadian citizen with dual citizenship with Trinidad, last month said that he was sought out by the violent insurgency’s leadership to attack the U.S from a route starting in Central America, according to a study by the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) and published in Homeland Security Today,” adds the author.
“ISIS has organized plots in Europe with returnees so it seems entirely plausible that they wanted to send guys out to attack. The issue that makes a North American attack harder is the travel is more difficult from Syria,” said Anne Speckhard, who co-conducted the study. “So the idea that they would instead use people who were not known to their own governments as having joined ISIS might make it possible for them to board airplanes.”