Bomb plot foiled

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 12:15pm

An al-Qaida sympathizer who plotted to bomb NYPD patrol cars and postal facilities and envisioned targeting U.S. soldiers returning home from overseas has been arrested, officials said.

Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced the arrest of Jose Pimentel, 27, Sunday evening at City Hall.

Bloomberg said Pimentel, of Washington Heights, was "inspired by al-Qaida propaganda" but not part of any larger group and was not believed to be working with others.

He was also "motivated by his own resentment of the presence of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan," Bloomberg said.

Law enforcement officials had been watching Pimentel, who has also lived in Schenectady, New York since 2009.

Officials said Pimentel had gone from talking about terrorist acts to recently obtaining explosive material to make pipe bombs.

According to the criminal complaint, Pimentel told police in a video statement after his arrest that he had been about one hour away from completing a test bomb when he was arrested Saturday.

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