FBI Arrests Brooklyn Man Who Joined ISIS, Hoped To Carry Out Times Square Attack


NEW YORK — A 37-year-old Yemeni man living in Brooklyn has been arrested in an alleged Times Square terror plot.

Mohamed Rafik Naji is accused of traveling to the Middle East to contact the Islamic State.

He was arrested by the FBI in New York City.

WNBC reported: The documents allege that he “expressed support for staging an attack in Times Square” during a conversation with an undercover FBI operative on Jan. 19, four days after the attack in Nice. […]

Law enforcement sources told NBC 4 New York that Naji drove for a car service and scheduled rides through Uber at the time of his arrest.

Naji also said to an informant, according to documents, “They want an operation in Times-Square, reconnaissance group already put out a scene, the Islamic State already put up scenes of Times-Square, you understand. I said that was an indication for whoever is smart to know.”

(Document via Heavy)
(Document via Heavy)

He is being charged with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

Read court docs here.

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