NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two girls impressed by radical Islam pleaded responsible in New York Metropolis on Friday to educating and distributing details about the manufacture and use of an explosive, damaging machine, and weapon of mass destruction, federal prosecutors mentioned.
Asia Siddiqui and Noelle Velentzas, each from the borough of Queens, resist 20 years in jail when they’re sentenced.
“In an effort to implement their violent, radical ideology, the defendants studied a number of the most threatening terrorist assaults in U.S. historical past, and used them as a blueprint for their very own plans to kill American regulation enforcement and navy personnel,” U.S. Legal professional Richard P. Donoghue mentioned in a press release.
Prosecutors mentioned that between roughly 2013 and 2015, Velentzas and Siddiqui deliberate to construct a bomb to be used in a terrorist assault in the USA. They taught one another chemistry and electrical abilities, carried out analysis on find out how to make plastic explosives and a automotive bomb, and purchased supplies for use in an explosive machine.
In addition they researched potential targets, specializing in regulation enforcement and military-related places, and mentioned comparable units utilized in terrorist incidents together with the Boston Marathon bombing, Oklahoma Metropolis bombing and 1993 World Commerce Middle assault, prosecutors mentioned of their assertion.
Regulation enforcement officers seized propane fuel tanks, soldering instruments, automotive bomb directions, jihadist literature, machetes and a number of other knives from the residences of the defendants once they have been arrested, prosecutors mentioned.
Writing by Daniel Wallis; Modifying by Bernadette Baum