By Ria Novosti
Police has averted a terrorist attack in New York, the city’s mayor Michael Bloomberg told in a live broadcast by national TV channels on Monday.
Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced the arrest of suspected bomber Jose Pimentel.
The suspect was reportedly “inspired by al-Qaida propaganda”, and had been under the watch of the NYPD’s counter-terrorism unit for some time.
The arrest was made after the suspect had obtained explosive materials.
This is the third bomb plot exposed in New York in the past three years. Last year a homemade explosive device was discovered in a dark-colored sports utility vehicle parked at the Times Square, and subsequently defused. In 2009 police arrested four suspects who tired to blow up a synagogue.