New York police arrest man trying to build bomb

November 21, 2011 02:42

NEW YORK - New York police arrested a man trying to build a pipe bomb with instructions from an al Qaeda magazine that he planned to use against US soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, US media reported on Sunday.

The suspect was charged with three terrorism-related counts, court documents said, identifying him as Jose Pimentel, age 27.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called a joint news conference for 7:30 p.m. (0030 GMT on Monday) with Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, the chief prosecutor for Manhattan.

The suspect got instructions on building a pipe bomb from "Inspire" magazine published by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, CNN reported without identifying its source.

He was caught drilling into a pipe in his mother's New York apartment after having been under surveillance by the New York Police Department for more than two years, CNN said.

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