Two other men, 19-year-old Talha Haroon, an American citizen living in Pakistan, and Russell Salic, a 37-year-old Filipino, helped with the planning of the attack.
Three men, including a USA citizen living in Pakistan, planned terror attacks in New York City in the name of ISIS that involved setting off bombs in Times Square and the subway system, according to charges unsealed Friday in Manhattan federal court.
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El Bahnasawy: "In the spring of 2016, I agreed with others to carry out an attack in Times Square, to support ISIL; specifically, we agreed to try to set off a bomb in Times Square". All three men were already in some form of government custody either in the USA or overseas, officials disclosed.
The 19-year-old Canadian citizen born in Kuwait was arrested in New Jersey in May of 2016 after using chat apps and buying bomb-making materials in a plot he he told an undercover agent he hoped would become "the next 9/11".
A Canadian teen who pleaded guilty to terrorism-related charges in connection with a plot to attack New York City landmarks has met in prison with Alberta lawyer Dennis Edney, who previously defended Omar Khadr, CTV News has learned.
The documents allege El Bahnasawy purchased and arranged to have bomb-making equipment, including 18 kilograms of hydrogen peroxide, shipped to an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent posing as an ISIS supporter online.
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The case has been ongoing for more than a year already, with El Bahnasawy being arrested in March last year, pleading guilty to seven charges. He also admitted to sending materials through the mail and traveling from Canada to the United States as part of the plot. Proceedings for his extradition to the United States are now pending in Pakistan. "That's how Paris guys did it", the papers said in an apparent reference to the slaughter by men armed with assault weapons at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris during a performance of the rock group Eagles of Death Metal in 2015.
The attacks were to be carried out during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in summer 2016, authorities said. Salic, who also maintained a pro-ISIS social media presence, allegedly wired $423 to the undercover to help pay for the attacks on May 11, 2016, and told the agent he'd send more in the future.
Meanwhile, Haroon, also 19 years old, is said to be El Bahnasawy's partner who now resides in Pakistan.
The lawyers noted that El Bahnasawy's family had travelled frequently from Ontario to NY to visit him at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan until his visits were halted after a disciplinary hearing on November 22, 2016.
The probe also resulted in the arrest of USA citizen Talha Haroon in Pakistan and a third co-defendant, Russell Salic, in the Philippines.
El Bahnasawy, Haroon, and Salic have been charged with multiple crimes and will be facing life sentences. They're awaiting extradition to the United States, and it's unclear if they have attorneys.