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Jose Pimentel appears at Manhattan criminal court. (AP Photo/Jefferson Siegel, Pool) AP Jose Pimentel appears at Manhattan criminal court. (AP Photo/Jefferson Siegel, Pool) AP  

Officials: ‘Lone wolf’ jihadist one hour away from bomb

A New York man, inspired by late al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, was just an hour away from finishing construction on a bomb meant to assassinate U.S. servicemen returning from war and policemen when he was arrested, investigators said.

Jose Pimentel, 27, of Washington Heights was granted no bail after he appeared in court late Sunday as details emerged about how investigators say Pimentel became a self-radicalized jihadist.

Pimentel spent much of his time on the internet, according to sources, and maintained a radical website called TrueIslam1. The website allegedly maintained by Pimentel features videos and articles justifying attacks on U.S. army bases, police stations and any building “where money is being made to help fund the war,” investigators said.

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