Jose Pimentel, a 29-year-old Dominican-born U.S. citizen, was
arrested in 2011 after a police informant secretly recorded
meetings with him as he bought bomb materials and read online
instructions on how to assemble them, according to court
Pimentel was accused of plotting to attack police stations, post
offices and military personnel in and around New York City.
In a statement on Tuesday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus
Vance said Pimentel had a personal website that advocated
violence against U.S. citizens and government agencies and that
had links to bomb-making instructions.
The components seized by the New York police department were
detailed in a step-by-step bomb-making guide published by Al
Qaeda's Inspire Magazine, Vance said.
"As Pimentel's guilty plea confirms, the threat of terrorism is
increasingly coming from radicalized local actors living in our
communities," Vance said in the statement.
Pimentel's case was brought under a New York state anti-terror
law passed after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
The New York City police conducted a yearlong investigation
leading to his arrest in November 2011.
(Reporting By Dena Aubin; editing by Ken Wills)
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