A Muslim convert has been arrested on terror charges in New York. Jose Pimentel, 27, apparently planned “to build a bomb and use a bomb to assassinate U.S. servicemen and women returning from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Pimentel, who also goes by his Muslim name, Muhammed Yusef, is an American citizen who was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the United States when he was eight years old.
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg said during a press conference this evening that Pimentel, an unemployed loner who lives with his mother, also wanted to kill police officers, and called him a “27-year-old al Qaeda sympathizer.”
“We had to act quickly,” New York police commissioner Ray Kelly said, “because he was in fact putting this bomb together.”
When arrested, officials say, Pimentel possessed the materials necessary to build a bomb.
He allegedly manufactured a bomb on his mother”s couch following the directions in the article “How to Build a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom,” from al Qaeda”s English-language on-line magazine “Inspire.” radical U.S.-born cleric Anwar Al Awlaki was a contributor to the magazine.
Pimentel spent much of his time on the Internet, according to sources, and maintained a radical website called TrueIslam1. The website contains a link to the bomb-making article in “Inspire.”
Authorities say they have been tailing Pimentel for more than a year.
Watch the press conference held by NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg