Three Arrested For ISIS-Inspired Plot On Concerts In NYC–One Suspect In The Philippines
Three men were arrested for an ISIS-inspired plot to target concerts and subways in New York, according to an NBC report Friday.
The arrests, which took place in the summer, came before the suspects could acquire weapons.
According to the NYPost, three were arrested–Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, a Canadian citizen, Talha Haroon an American from Pakistan, and Russell Salic, who was arrested in the Philippines.
Talha Haroon reportedly said, “I wanna kill . . . them in thousands,” adding, “We have to make a ocean out of their blood…leave no one standing.”
It wasn’t just concerts that the ISIS-inspired man reportedly sought to attack, but also landmarks and subways.
FBI Supervisor J.J. Klaver said of the case, “The FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force, they’re going to work with the US Attorney’s office to make sure that this is not just idle talk.”
He added, “They are going to look at the extent of the plans being made and the extent that these guys are taking actions to further those plans.”
Concerts have been a soft target for many terrorists. In 2015, a rock concert in Paris became the scene of an ISIS-inspired mass shooting, and in May, an Ariana Grande concert in the U.K. was the victim of a bombing.