Court papers say a college student inspired by the Islamic State terror group has been arrested on charges he was planning an attack in New York City.
Munther Omar Saleh was named in a criminal complaint unsealed on Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn. The papers identify Saleh as a 20-year-student enrolled at an unidentified college in Queens.
The complaint says an investigation revealed that Saleh is a “fervent supporter” of the Islamic State. It says he searched the Internet for information about pressure-cooker bombs and city landmarks and tourist attractions.
The court papers say agents were tailing Saleh’s car on June 7 when they arrested him and an unnamed co-conspirator.
Prosecutors wouldn’t comment on Tuesday about whether Saleh has appeared in court. The name of his attorney wasn’t available.