2 New York Women Arrested in ISIS-inspired Bomb Plot

The NYPD announced on Wednesday that two women in New York were arrested on Tuesday in connection with a plot inspired by the islamic Extremist group ISIS.
Both U.S. citizens, Noelle Velentzas and her former roommate Asia Siddiqui, were accused of planning to build an explosive device for attacks in the United States.
According to a federal criminal complaint unsealed Thursday. Velentzas, 28, could not understand why U.S. citizens like her were traveling overseas to wage jihad when they could simply stay and "make history" by unleashing terrorist attacks on American soil.
The complaint said In the past 18 months, the Justice Department's National Security Division has prosecuted or is prosecuting more than 30 cases of people attempting to travel abroad to join or provide support to terrorist groups. Of those cases, 18 allegedly involve support to ISIS.
Velentzas and Siddiqui repeatedly expressed support for violent jihad to an undercover agent.
Prosecutors said the women "researched and acquired" components for a car bomb such as the one used in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, a fertilizer bomb like the one used in the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, and a pressure cooker device such as the one used in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Velentzas and Siddiqui were to appear Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn. It's unclear whether they have attorneys.
If convicted, they face a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Thursday's arrests are part of a series of cases being built by the federal government.



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