Pak-origin man charged with plotting terror attack on NYC to avenge drone attacks in Afghanistan
A Pakistani-born man was planning to blow up a New York City landmark to avenge the deaths of U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan, but lacked the money and material to carry out the plan, a federal prosecutor has said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Gilbert said at a bail hearing that Raees Alam Qazi, 20, researched bomb-making techniques on Internet sites affiliated with al Qaeda, including one using Christmas tree lights.
Gilbert said that the FBI recorded phone calls and conversations linking Qazi to a purported 'lone wolf' plot.
"He fully intended to do this, and thankfully he didn't have enough money," Gilbert said.
According to CBS News, referring to casualties in U.S. drone attacks, she added that 'He wants to avenge those deaths and kill people'.
Qazi, a naturalized U.S. citizen who attended local Florida public schools, confirmed many elements of the plot in a statement to FBI agents after his arrest in late November, Gilbert said.
U.S. Magistrate Judge William Matthewman ordered Raees Qazi held without bail until trial, finding that he is a danger to the community and a flight risk.
His older brother has already agreed to pre-trial detention, but may seek bail later. A trial is likely many months away.
According to the report, Gilbert said Raees Qazi was intending an attack, using either a suicide attack or a remote-control device to kill people in a crowded place such as New York's Times Square, a Broadway theater or perhaps on Wall Street.