News is starting to leak about the arrest this weekend of a New York City man who planned to bomb police and military facilities. The NY Post reports:
The NYPD and Manhattan DA’s office have arrested a terror suspect who was planning to bomb city police facilities and US military sites, where he plotted to target returning war personnel and the families who gathered to welcome them home, The Post has learned.
The suspect, who lives in Manhattan, was arrested after he actually purchased bomb-making materials, sources said. He’d been on the authorities’ radar for about a year, the sources said.
It wasn’t immediately clear exactly where he planned to attack.
We can report here exclusively at PJM that the man arrested is Jose Pimentel of Harlem. On his Facebook page he describes himself as:
I am a Muslim convert from the Dominican Republic looking for other muslims living in the US specially in New York City to share a brotherhood with and to help each other stay firm on the religion. Also looking for anyone that wishes to learn more about Islam and other religions.
On his YouTube channel he states:
I am a Sunni Muslim BROTHER from the Dominican Republic currently living in Harlem, New York. Allah has guided me out of darkness and into the light. I support Islam and the muslims all the way and of course my heart goes out to the BIG BROTHERS of this Ummah The mujahideen i ask Allah to forgive u and give u victory over the disbelievers. Please Check out this Blog: http://www.islammediaworks.com
You can view his TrueIslam1 website here. We will post more information as the story develops.
UPDATE #1: ABC News is reporting:
He is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and terrorism charges, and he allegedly had the materials to make a bomb when arrested, according the criminal complaint.
Investigators have reviewed audio and video recordings of the defendant discussing plans to build a bomb and use it to assassinate members of the military returning from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, the complaint said.
UPDATE #2: CNN adds that Pimentel got his instructions from al-Qaeda’s English-language magazine Inspire:
The suspect allegedly learned how to make a pipe bomb after reading Inspire, the al Qaeda terrorist network’s English-language online propaganda, recruiting and training magazine.
“He was a reader of al Qaeda’s slick online magazine Inspire — and inspire him it did,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said. “His stated desire to attack our servicemen and women … could have come from an al-Qaeda playbook.”
UPDATE#3: Here are some of his other websites:
UPDATE #4: Here’s another website: