NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities have arrested an al-Qaida sympathizer on charges of plotting to bomb various New York City locations, including police and post offices, and targeting U.S. troops returning home from overseas.
At a Sunday night news conference, Mayor Michael Bloomberg identified the suspect a Jose Pimentel, describing him as a 27-year-old Manhattan resident and a U.S. citizen originally from the Dominican Republic. Bloomberg says the suspect appears to be a "lone wolf," and not part of a larger conspiracy originating abroad.
Pimentel is also known as Muhammad Yusuf. The mayor said he was motivated by terrorist propaganda and resentment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
He's accused of having an explosive substance that he planned to use against others and property to terrorize the public when he was arrested Saturday.