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Man Arrested For Plotting To Blow Up Times Square

By Shelby Talcott

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A man has been arrested for allegedly plotting to blow up Times Square with grenades, local reports say.

The man’s name has not been released, but he allegedly discussed buying grenades and detonating them in Times Square, according to ABC News, who cited law enforcement sources.

He was arrested in an undercover operation by the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force when he went to buy grenades, according to CNN and New York Daily News.  He is not believed to be a part of a larger plot and police say that he posed no immediate threat at the time of his arrest, ABC News said.

The “lone wolf,” as investigators describe him, is expected to appear in federal court on Friday. The U.S. Attorney’s office is reportedly set to comment on the case Friday as well.

New York has seen multiple acts of terrorism. In 2010, a bomb attempt was thwarted in Times Square when a T-shirt venders saw smoke coming out of a car and told police.

Multiple bombs were detonated in New York and New Jersey in 2016, resulting in 31 people being injured. One device detonated in a trashcan in NJ, and two more were found before they went off. A fourth bomb in a dumpster detonated later that day in Chelsea, and a fifth bomb was found nearby before it went off.

More recently, Richard Rojas crashed his car into a group of people in Times Square in May 2017. He killed one and injured 22. He was formally in the Navy and has mental health issues. It was not called an act terrorism.

The FBI did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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