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Queens man pleads guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS

Man planned to commit knife attack on behalf of ISIS

August 26, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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A Queens man was arrested today for committing a knife attack on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, a terrorist organization. Awais Chudhary, 22, was sentenced before U.S. magistrate judge Robert M. Levy. 

In August 2019 after consuming propaganda videos, Chudhary had become radicalized by jihadist ideology. Chudhary identified targeted locations, which included the pedestrian bridges over Grand Central Parkway and the Flushing Bay Promenade, which is where he intended to carry out knife attacks. 

Chudhary had discussed stabbings with other people who he believed to be supporters of ISIS, including what type of knife to buy and how to hide “traces of finger prints [or] DNA” according to the Eastern District of New York. Chudhary sent a screenshot of a document from an ISIS publication which depicted a diagram of the human body and where to stab victims. 

Chudhary ordered material online to use to commit a terrorist attack, including a tactical knife, a mask, gloves and a cellphone chest and head strap to record the attack, which he hoped would serve as inspiration to other ISIS supporters. Chudhary was arrested when he tried to retrieve the items from an online retailer’s locker in Queens.

“Awais Chudhary has admitted to planning to carry out a lone wolf terrorist attack in Queens against innocent civilians in an embrace of ISIS’s murderous cause,” said U.S. Attorney Peace. 

“Thanks to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Chudhary’s efforts to commit deadly violence on behalf of ISIS were thwarted, lives were saved, and he now awaits sentencing for his heinous crime.”

“Mr. Chudhary has admitted to providing material support, from American soil to terrorists based overseas,” said NYPD Commissioner Sewell. 

“He is a naturalized U.S. citizen who abandoned the country that took him in, and instead pledged allegiance to ISIS and repeatedly and diligently promoted its violent objectives. Clearly, the threat of ISIS-inspired terrorism remains very real, and the members of our FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force will never stop working to identify anyone aiding groups that consider our country their sworn enemy.”

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