Monday, November 21, 2011

Pimentel Charged With Attempted Terrorist Acts In New York City

Jose Pimentel, aka, Muhammed Yusef

Photo: Reuters

Suspect was about to commit a terrorist act by exploding a homemade bomb to kill military personnel and police officers in New York City.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 21, 2011

New York, New York - On Sunday, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg during a press conference announced the arrest of Jose Pimentel, 27, of Washington Heights for alleged criminal attempt to make a bomb to commit a terrorist act. Police investigators acted and took Pimentel into custody before he could act. Pimentel, a U.S. citizen, who was born in the Dominican Republic was arrested on Saturday and is being held without bail.
Police had been investigating Pimentel since 2009 and was about ready to commit a terrorist act. He converted to Islam and went by the name of Muhammed Yusef.
He was charged in Manhattan criminal court with five counts, including terrorism, criminal possession of a weapon and attempting to murder service members returning from Iraq, Afghanistan and to also attack NYC police officers.
Mayor Bloomberg described Pimentel as an Al Qaeda sympathizer who was plotting to bomb police patrol cars and also postal facilities, as well as target members of our Armed Forces returning from abroad.
Pimentel was influenced by Islam radical cleric Anwar al-Awiaki extreme terrorist beliefs. He learned to built a bomb from a known terrorist magazine called "Inspire" from a website called TrueIslam 1, according to police.

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