If it hadn’t been for the money, he would have kept trying to bomb the city.
A man was arrested and charged with planning to detonate an Al Qaeda-inspired bomb in a crowded Manhattan area like Times Square or Wall Street, but he ultimately ran out of cash, cops said today.
The NYPD provided details of the case today, accusing Raees Alam Qazi, 20, of allegedly plotting a terrorist attack because he was angered by overseas U.S. drone attacks. Qazi was denied a request to be released by a Florida judge this week.
Qazi, a resident of Oakland Park, Fla., and born in Pakistan, was arrested with his brother, Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 30, Nov. 29 after an investigation by the FBI and NYPD officers.
Both men were charged with trying to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.
Qazi was in New York on Nov. 24, trying to get cash to finance his plans to build an explosive device and scoping out potential sites, including Times Square and Wall Street, cops said. He also admitted to reaching out to Al Qaeda and reading the group’s “Inspire” magazine, according to the NYPD.
He had been in Pakistan as recently as July 2011, according to police.
The NYPD said in a statement that Sheheryar Qazi called his brother a “lone wolf” and compared him to terrorists like Faisal Shahzad, who left a vehicle in Times Square he hoped would explode in 2010.
Cops said they found bomb-making materials and instructions in his Florida home, including “a strand of Christmas tree lights, batteries taped together, high-strength peroxide, remote-controlled car parts, wires and volt meters."
But while in New York, he ran out of money, according to the NYPD.
Police called it the 16th known terrorist plot against the city since 9/11.