N.Y. Jihadist an Hour Away From Bomb

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20:  New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly holds pieces of a pipe bomb confiscated from alleged "lone wolf" terrorist Jose Pimentel at a City Hall news conference on November 20, 2011 in New York City. Authorities say the suspect planned to detonate pipe bombs at postal facilities and police stations in New York City, as well as against U.S. military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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    The suspected “lone wolf” jihadist who was arrested on terrorism charges in New York was reportedly just an hour away from finishing constructing a bomb, investigators said. Police say Jose Pimentel, a 27-year-old Al Qaeda sympathizer from Washington Heights, meant to use the bomb to assassinate U.S. soldiers returning from war. Authorities built a duplicate of the device that he was allegedly building, and the detonation blew apart a car, police said. Pimentel, though inspired by the likes of the late cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, Saddam Hussein, and Osama bin Laden, only infrequently attended Muslim services, drank, and smoked marijuana.

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