A Queens man, who along with a Mariners Harbor resident plotted a pressure-cooker bomb terrorist attack in the metropolitan area, has pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and other charges.Munther Omar Saleh, 21, entered his plea Friday in Brooklyn federal court, a day after Staten Island resident Fareed Mumuni, 22, pleaded guilty to similar charges.
As alleged in the indictment and in other court filings, Saleh and Mumuni conspired to support ISIS by helping their co-conspirators attempt to travel to ISIS-controlled territory in order to join the term group and by plotting to use a pressure-cooker bomb to conduct a terrorist attack in the New York metropolitan area on behalf of ISIS.
“In the name of ISIL’s false and hateful ideology, these defendants attacked the law enforcement officers who work tirelessly to preserve the safety of our communities,” United States Attorney Robert Capers said in a statement.
“We are especially grateful that an FBI Special Agent survived the violent attack perpetrated by Fareed Mumuni, who repeatedly stabbed the agent in the chest during the execution of a search warrant in a terrorism investigation.”
Working with ISIS fighters located overseas, Saleh and Mumuni coordinated their plot to conduct a terrorist attack in New York City. Saleh sought and received instructions from an ISIS attack facilitator to create a pressure-cooker bomb and discussed with the same facilitator potential targets for a terrorist attack in New York City.