Two former NYC college students face terror charges in ISIS-linked bomb plot

From MailOnline

By Kate Pickles

Munther Omar Saleh

Munther Omar Saleh

Fareed Mumuni

Fareed Mumuni

Two former New York City college students have been indicted on terror charges, accused of plotting to help ISIS carry out an attack in the city.

Munther Omar Saleh, of Queens, is accused of plotting a terrorist attack in New York City with a pressure cooker bomb. 

The 20-year-old was charged with attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, as well as assault and conspiracy to assault federal officers.

Fareed Mumuni, 21, is also charged with attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to ISIL, assault and conspiracy to assault federal officers, and attempted murder of federal officers after repeatedly stabbing an FBI agent with a kitchen knife.

The weapon failed to penetrate the agent's body armor, and he suffered only minor injuries, according to a criminal complaint.

The pair have been in custody since June. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn announced on Tuesday that a grand jury had returned an indictment.

'These indictments remind us of the dangers faced by law enforcement and the community alike. The FBI remains vigilant in its pursuit against violence and restrained in its apprehension of such offenders,' said FBI assistant director-in-charge, Diego Rodriguez. 

Prosecutors say Saleh had researched recipes for homemade explosives and looked up city landmarks on the Internet.

They also say he and Mumuni discussed how to build a pressure cooker bomb.

Saleh's attorney said he will plead not guilty at the pair's arraignment on August 20. 

A lawyer for Mumuni did not respond to a message seeking comment but has previously denied his client is an Islamic State sympathizer.


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