In the years since 9/11, we have almost forgotten that something like that could happen again. Mass shootings have become a societal norm, and grand-scale terror attacks have sort of lost the spotlight of people’s attention. That doesn’t mean they are no longer a threat, in fact, you can bet that at least one domestic attack is being planned as you read this article.
Case in point, the mass terror attack New York police stopped dead in its tracks Thursday, arresting the perpetrator, and releasing the details of the hand grenade attack he was planning for Times Square patrons.
According to CBS New York:
“A man has been arrested after authorities say he was plotted to detonate explosive devices in Manhattan’s Times Square.”
“Police sources tell CBS2 that the suspect was taken into custody by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes both the NYPD and FBI.”
The article continues:
“Sources say the man expressed an interest in buying explosives that he was allegedly planning to use in New York; specifically in the Times Square area.”
After finding out about the inquiries for grenades, police set up a sting operation in which they intercepted the suspect’s attempts to purchase the explosives. When the man showed up to buy the weapons, he was arrested and charged.
The man is set to appear in federal court on Friday.
New York seems to be a primary target for attackers. According to NY Daily News:
“A car bombing was thwarted May 1, 2010 when the bomb fizzled on West 45th St. and a nearby handbag vendor alerted cops.”
“Faisal Shahzad pleaded guilty and just five months after the incident was sentenced to life in federal prison. The one-time suburban Connecticut dad was an admirer of Osama bin Laden, and was unrepentant at sentencing, saying he was part of a group of “proud terrorists.””
Another bombing attempt happened at a Times Square military recruiting station in 2008, according to the report:
“In that case, a man rode up on a blue bicycle early on the morning of March 6, and left the bomb next to the station. The explosion shattered glass, but didn’t hurt anyone.”