NY man was arrested after allegedly discussing a plot to acquire grenades and detonate them in Times Square, one of midtown Manhattan's most crowded crossroads, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on June 7.
Ashiqul Alam, 22, of Jackson Heights was taken into custody Thursday after he expressed interest in buying grenades, suicide vests and guns. His next court appearance is set for June 21 at 11 a.m. (1300 GMT).
Police Commissioner James O'Neill said that development was "a clear indicator of (Alam's) intent to move his plot forward". He said Alam lived with his parents, who were both in the courtroom and prepared to sign the bond.
He is expected to appear in federal court in Downtown Brooklyn on Friday. N.Y.C. Mayor Bill de Blasio described the explosion as "an attempted terrorist attack", at the time.
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Authorities say he wanted the weapons to kill police and civilians.
Times Square has been a target of attacks before.
Details about how Alam initially met the undercover agents weren't immediately available.
In April, Alam told the undercover agent he was planning to get laser eye surgery so he wouldn't have to wear glasses during the planned attack, the documents said.
"I want to die fighting, man", Alam told the undercover agent, according to the papers.
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Alam is a rising senior at John Jay College and has two jobs, his lawyer said at the hearing.
At one point, in March, an undercover agent asked Alam what would make him happy, the complaint said.
With its millions of visitors each year, Times Square, often called the crossroads of the world, has been targeted by at least two bombers in recent years, despite its heavily fortified police presence.
In 2010, Faisal Shahzad, a USA citizen who had gotten explosives training in Pakistan, tried but failed to detonate a auto bomb there.
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