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Canadian pleads guilty to terror charges in NYC

Canadian Press logoCanadian Press 2017-10-06

© Getty Images NEW YORK - U.S. authorities say a 19-year-old Canadian has pleaded guilty to terrorism-related charges in connection with what they call an ISIS-inspired plot to target landmarks in New York City, including Times Square and city's the subway system.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York says the Canadian, identified as Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, of Mississauga, Ont., has been in custody since the FBI arrested him in New Jersey in May 2016.

The arrests were first announced Friday following a court's unsealing of federal terrorism charges against the three men.

The other two accused are identified as Talha Haroon, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen residing in Pakistan, and Russell Salic, 37, from the Philippines.

U.S. authorities allege that the three men communicated through Internet messaging applications, allegedly plotting to carry out bombing and shootings in heavily populated areas of New York City during the Islamic holy month of Ramadhan in 2016.

They also allege that while in Canada, El Bahnasawy purchased bomb-making materials and helped secure a cabin within driving distance of New York City to use for building the explosive devices and staging the attacks.

The RCMP issued a statement saying it collaborated with the FBI in the investigation that led to El Bahnasaw's arrest.

The statement also says that at no time was the safety or security of the public at risk.

El Bahnasawy is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 12, 2017.

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