Terror Plot to Run Crowds Over in Times Square Thwarted
By Justin Holcomb, Townhall.com
An Uber driver from Brooklyn has been accused of traveling to the Middle East to join ISIS and expressed support for a Nice-style attack with a garbage truck in Times Square, New York authorities said.
Mohamed Rafik Naji, 37, faces charges of providing material support for terrorism and was arrested in his home on Monday.
Last summer, Naji allegedly expressed support to an informant for carrying out a deadly attack in Times Square with a garbage truck crushing pedestrian just like the ISIS truck attack in Nice, France in July.
"They (ISIS) want an operation in Times Square," Naji told the informant on July 19.
"As alleged, the defendant was persistent in his efforts to join ISIL and support its terrorist objectives,” said U.S. Attorney Robert Capers. “We will continue to identify and prosecute individuals like Naji who seek to empower our nation’s enemies and endanger our citizens and partners around the world.”