Three people were arrested for planning to conduct a combined ISIS-inspired terror attack in various crowded New York locations, including Times Square and the city subway. The head planner of the terror attacks, a 19-year-old Canadian citizen, was in contact with an undercover FBI agent who posed as an ISIS supporter.

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Three men were arrested for planning to carry out a combined ISIS-affiliated terror attack in New York City last summer, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced on Friday. One of the suspects told an undercover FBI agent he wished to “create the next 9/11.”

According to the District Attorney, multiple locations around New York City were targeted, including Times Square and the subway system as well as an array of concert venues. The suspects intended to use both explosives devices and guns and told the undercover agent: “[W]e just walk in with guns in our hands. That’s how the Paris guys did it.” US authorities described the outline as still being in a theoretical stage of planning.

One of the suspects, 19-year-old Abdulrahman el Bahnasawy, who is a Canadian citizen, reportedly bought various bomb-making materials. His contact with the undercover FBI agent posing as an ISIS supporter led to their eventual capture. The suspect expressed his wish to carry out attacks similar to those that took place in Paris and Brussels and told the undercover agent that he hoped to “cause great destruction to the filthy kuffars by our hands.” The other two suspects are a 19-year-old American citizen residing in Pakistan and a 39-year-old citizen of the Philippines.