He was within an hour of finishing a pipe bomb, just a couple of days after Muslims protested in front of the NYPD against surveillance of their communities. More on this story. “Terror suspect Jose Pimentel plotted to kill cops and soldiers with bombs he was building in Manhattan apartment, authorities say,” by Alison Gendar and Bill Hutchinson for the New York Daily News, November 20:
A lone wolf with an anti-American grudge has been charged with plotting to kill cops and soldiers with bombs he was building in his Manhattan apartment from an Al Qaeda recipe, officials said Sunday.
Jose Pimentel, 27, told cops he was within an hour of finishing a powerful pipe bomb when the NYPD raided his Washington Heights apartment at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Pimentel planned to test three bombs on mailboxes and was plotting to eventually use the explosives on soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.
Kelly said Pimentel, an American citizen who was born in the Dominican Republic, also targeted a police station in Bayonne, N.J., and postal facilities.
Pimentel, who also went by the name Muhammad Yusuf, told a police informant that he hoped his attacks would grab the public’s attention to show “there was mujahideen in the city ready to wage Jihad.”
“The suspect was a so-called lone wolf, motivated by his own resentment of the presence of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as inspired by Al Qaeda propaganda,” Mayor Bloomberg said at a press conference Sunday night, adding there was no evidence Pimentel was linked to an organized Al Qaeda cell….