A Queens man was arrested Thursday and charged with plotting a terrorist attack with a knife on behalf of an Islamic State, federal prosecutors said Friday.
Avis Choudhary, 19, was arrested in federal court in Brooklyn on one review of an attempted attempt to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. US Magistrate Judge James Orenstein ordered Choudhary to be held without bail.
Prosecutors allege that Choudhari was communicating with undercover FBI agents in text messages, telling them that he planned to stab or bombard innocent people in the name of ISIS and wanted to record it "inspire" "The others. Chudhari, a naturalized American born in Pakistan, has allegedly identified two potential points of attack in Queens: the World Federal Marina and the pedestrian bridge over the Grand Central Park at Fleisch Bay Promenade
Chudhari ordered a tactical knife, mask, gloves and chest strap and a cell phone head to record the attack. He was arrested while trying to get these products from an online retailer.
"Awas Choudhary accepted the call from ISIS to kill his New York colleagues in the town he called home," NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said in a statement. "He carefully planned, conducted intelligence, selected a target and was in the process of obtaining the weapon. All he has to do is strike.
"FBI agents and JTTF NYPD detectives [Joint Terrorism Task Force] should be commended for violating this plot. Their work almost certainly saved their lives. "
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Chudhari claimed that he had told Agent that he uses a knife to attack "because he knows it," but he could learn how to build a bomb if the undercover agent could teach him. Ultimately, he would consider using a "mini-bridge over a busy car" bomb, according to the Justice Department.
Chudhari reportedly sent to another undercover agent a screen of a document entitled "Islamic State", which he claimed instructed users where to stab someone and which knives were "ideal". The document included diagrams showing where to stab someone's body, the DOJ said.
Chudhary also searched for his whereabouts, and FBI agents saw him take cell phone pictures and videos in several locations.
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"There is no doubt that Choudhary wanted to make headlines by attacking innocent people who go about their daily lives," said the FBI Assistant Director – in William Sweeney's tax. "Thanks to the hard work of the FBI New York JTTF agents, analysts and detectives, the only thing reported today is his arrest, and the only photos Choudhary will attend are those taken in our prison treatment room." before his arrival in federal prison. "
If convicted, Chudhari faces up to 20 years in prison.