Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Man Being Held for Planned Times Square Attack; IS Backer Tried to Copy Nice Attack That Killed 80

A man who tried to join the Islamic State (IS) group voiced support for a terrorist truck attack in New York's Times Square like the one that killed scores of people in Nice, France in July, the Times of Israel website reports today (November 22, 2016).

In a conversation about the Nice attack intercepted by federal authorities, Mohamed Rafik Naji told an unnamed associate that the IS leaders "want an operation in Times Square," according to court papers.

"I was saying if there is a truck, I mean a garbage truck, and one drives it there to Times Square and crushes them," said Naji, a legal U.S. resident from Yemen.

Naji was ordered held without bail following his arrest yesterday. In the Nice attack, an IS supporter drove a 19-ton truck onto a seaside crowd on Bastille Day (July 14), killing more than 80 people.

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