New York man admits ISIS-inspired terror plot

The 22-year-old is accused of planning a ‘lone wolf’ stabbing attack on behalf of the infamous terror group

A New York man has pleaded guilty to attempting to provide « material support » to the Islamic State terrorist faction and for plotting a series of stabbing attacks in Queens, which he hoped to film.

Awais Chudhary, a naturalized US citizen born in Pakistan, pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn on Friday, after he allegedly contacted people he thought were members of the Islamic State and staged a stabbing attack in New York. .

“Chudhary admitted to planning to carry out a lone wolf terrorist attack in Queens against innocent civilians as part of the deadly cause of ISIS,” U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said in a statement.

Prosecutors say the man pledged his loyalty to the band in 2019 after watching « Violent Terrorist Propaganda Videos », and then « started planning a stab or bomb attack. » He reportedly identified a number of targets around Queens and sought advice from people he believed to be fellow activists, including how to avoid detection by police and what type of knife to use.

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Chudhary reportedly ordered several articles online for the plot, such as a « tactical knife » a mask and gloves, as well as a « cellphone chest and headband to facilitate his recording of the attack, which he hoped would serve as an inspiration to other ISIS supporters », according to the Department of Justice. He was arrested trying to retrieve the goods from a locker used by an online retailer, and now faces 20 years in prison on the terrorism-related charge.


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