Three Brooklyn men were taken into custody Wednesday, after their alleged plot was revealed to travel to Syria and join ISIS and if they failed, return to the U.S. to plant bombs in Brooklyn, reported CBS New York.
Police learned about the plot after the three men posted online messages about planting a bomb on Coney Island and shooting police officers.
The men, 19-, 24- and 30-year-old citizens of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, all lived in Brooklyn. The youngest man, identified as Akhror Saidakhmetov, allegedly posted on an Uzbek-language website in the last six months that he would buy a machine gun and shoot police officers and FBI agents if his plan to join ISIS was thwarted, CBS reported.
Last August, the 24-year-old suspect Abdurasul Hasanofvich Juraboev posted on the board same board by asking for help getting weapons and said that he would kill President Barack Obama if ISIS asked him.
“This is real,” said Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. “This is the concern about the lone wolf inspired to act without ever going to the Mideast — or the concern of once they get to the Mideast, acquire fighting skills, capabilities and then attempting to return to the country.”
All three suspects were arrested during FBI and NYPD terror raids and have been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a terror group, officials said.
“We all take the threat of ISIS very seriously,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We are going to continue to deepen our anti-terrorism capacity.”