Man Arrested In New York Terror Plot

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Just hitting the headlines, probably related to Mike Bloomberg's 7:30 pm announcement:

  • NY AUTHORITIES ARREST MAN IN BOMBING PLOT, N.Y. TIMES REPORTS
  • MAN WANTED TO DETONATE BOMB IN BUILDING WITH GOVT WORKERS: NYT
  • NY TIMES SAYS MAN WAS ARRESTED WITHIN THE LAST 24
  • MAN HAD BEEN UNDER SURVEILLANCE FOR A YEAR, N.Y. TIMES REPORTS
  • NY AUTHORITIES TO ANNOUNCE CHARGES AGAINST MAN TONIGHT

More from the NYT:

The authorities have arrested a man who law enforcement officials believe was planning to build and detonate a bomb in New York with government workers, returning military personnel and elected officials as the target, two people briefed on the case said on Sunday. Cyrus R. Vance Jr.,  the Manhattan district attorney, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly of the New York Police Department announced the charges against the man at a Sunday evening news conference at City Hall.

 

The man was arrested within the last 24 hours.

 

The defendant in the case, identified as Jose Pimentel, 27, had bought bomb-making materials and “began to build them,” said one person briefed on the case, who added that the Police Department had had the man under surveillance for about a year. “The Police Department basically had an informant with this guy,” said a second law enforcement official familiar with the investigation. “The guy is sort of giving to the informant all of these material on bomb building and talking about building a bomb and supporting the mujahedeen by targeting — he’s kind of all over the place; sometimes it’s targeting servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan, sometimes it’s the police, sometimes its build it and test it, but it’s all over the place.”