The feds have arrested a Queens college student who once called al Qaeda “too moderate,” saying he plotted to attack targets in New York City on behalf of the Islamic State terror group, The Post has learned.
Munther Omar Saleh, 20, was busted on June 13 after he and an unidentified cohort ran towards an undercover law enforcement car that was tailing them near the Whitestone Bridge, according to Brooklyn federal court documents.
From late March through this month, prosecutors charge, Saleh — who enrolled in a collegiate aeronautics program in January — made extensive online searches on building explosives and eluding law enforcement, court papers state.
“The investigation has uncovered that Saleh is making efforts to prepare an explosive device for detonation in the New York metropolitan area on behalf of ISIL,” according to court papers filed by Special Agent Christopher Buscaglia.
Saleh, who the feds say tweeted his concern that al Qaeda was becoming “too moderate” in 2014, espoused ISIS actions in online postings and specifically endorsed the Charlie Hebdo massacre in France, the fatal burning of a Jordanian pilot and the beheading of a Japanese journalist.
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