New Yorker charged in ’Nice in Times Square’ terrorism plot - report

Members of the New York Police Department's Counterterrorism Bureau monitor Times Square in Manhattan, New York. © Andrew Kelly
A Brooklyn, New York resident has been charged by federal authorities for supporting terrorism, after making online postings supporting ISIS in plotting to commit an attack in Times Square similar to that in Nice, France.

The man has been identified as Mohammed Rafik Naji, 37, a legal US resident originally from Yemen, according to NBC News investigative reporter Tom Winter.

Naji made several online posts in support of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Winter said, citing the federal complaint.

Naji was arrested Monday morning and charged in a federal court in Brooklyn, according to the FBI.

"I was saying if there is a truck, I mean a garbage truck and one drives it there to Times Square and crushes them…” the complaint quotes Naji as saying to a FBI informant during a recorded phone conversation in July, NBC reported.

On July 14, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel – a Tunisian living in France – drove a truck into the crowd of revelers celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 86 people and injuring over 400. IS claimed credit for the attack.

US authorities have warned the public to expect a possible terrorist attack during the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays.