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Feds: 19-year-old plotted NYC knife attack in name of ISIS

Posted at 8:52 PM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 21:52:33-04

NEW YORK (AP) - A 19-year-old New York City man has been arrested on allegations he told an undercover agent he wanted to commit a knife or bomb attack on behalf of the Islamic State group.

Awais Chudhary was arraigned Friday and order jailed without bail on federal charges of attempting to provide material support to the terrorist organization.

A message seeking comment was left with a public defender appointed to Chudhary, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan.

Authorities say Chudhary moved rapidly from planning to the verge of executing a knife attack at a marina near LaGuardia Airport.

They say he started texting undercover agents about the plot on Aug. 23 and over the next three days scouted the area and ordered a tactical knife online.

Chudhary faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.