Plot to Bomb Times Square and Grand Central Subway Stations Revealed

You may remember the “Beauty Parlor Bomber,” Najibullah Zazi, who was building bombs using hydrogen peroxide in a Denver, Colorado, suburb to use in New York City. It turns out that the plan was for Zazi and two of his former high school buddies, Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay, to kill as many people as possible at the Times Square station and the Grand Central Terminal during rush hour. From the NY Daily News:

Zazi and his two Queens friends allegedly planned to strap explosives to their bodies and split up, heading for the Grand Central and Times Square stations – the two busiest subway stations in New York City.

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They would board trains on the 1, 2, 3 and 6 lines at rush hour and planned to position themselves in the middle of the packed trains to ensure the maximum carnage when they blew themselves up, sources said.

During Zazi’s brief visit to Queens from his home in Denver last September, he rode the subway multiple times to the Grand Central and Wall St. stations, scouting where to best spread death and mayhem, the sources said.

In 2008, the three went to Pakistan to join the Taliban and then went to Wasiristan for “special training.” Zazi, who is being held in a secret location, is set for sentencing in June. His pals have pleaded not guilty. Another conspirator has been captured in Pakistan and is being extradited to the U.S.

More at Bread upon the Waters.