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NYC Bomb Plot Suspect Is Called Fan of Qaeda Cleric – NY Times

On November 20, 2011, the New York Times reported that a Manhattan man was arrested for attempting to build and detonate bombs in New York City.

According to the article, 27-year-old Jose Pimentel, was arrested by the New York Police Department after a two year investigation.  The article notes that Pimentel was "fascinated by the American-born Muslim militant Anwar al-Awlaki" and that his desire to detonate bombs increased after al-Awlaki's death.

The New York Times further reported that the investigation was headed by the New York Police Department's Intelligence Division.  The article quoted Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who stated that the Intelligence Division "routinely asks smaller departments outside the city for help in identifying would-be terrorists, and it was through this network that the New York police learned of Mr. Pimentel in 2009."

Moreover, according to the New York Times, the charges against Pimentel "marks the second time that the Police Department and Manhattan District Attorney's office have brought terrorism-related charges in state court, which in the past has been almost exclusively prosecuted in federal courts."

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