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Alleged 'Lone Wolf' Terrorist Plotted Attacks on US Soldiers

Picture of alleged terrorist Jose Pimental mixing bomb materials. ABC NewsUPDATE: A New York man, inspired by late al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, was just an hour away from finishing construction on a bomb meant to assassinate U.S. servicemen returning from war and policemen when he was arrested, investigators said.

(NEW YORK) -- A Muslim convert arrested for allegedly making bombs in New York City was inspired by radical cleric Anwar Awlaki and was allegedly plotting to attack U.S. servicemen and police officers, according to officials.

A five-count criminal complaint against Jose Pimentel of Washington Heights says that Pimentel planned "to build a bomb and use a bomb to assassinate U.S. servicemen and women returning from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan."

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New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg said during a press conference Sunday evening that Pimentel, who's unemployed and lives with his mother, also wanted to kill police officers, and called him a "27-year-old al Qaeda sympathizer."

"We had to act quickly," New York police commissioner Ray Kelly said, "because he was in fact putting this bomb together."

When arrested, officials say, Pimentel possessed the materials necessary to build a bomb.

He allegedly manufactured a bomb on his mother's couch following the directions in the article "How to Build a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom," from al Qaeda's English-language online magazine Inspire.  Radical U.S.-born cleric Anwar Awlaki was a contributor to the magazine.

"He was a reader of al Qaeda's online magazine Inspire and inspire him it did," Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said.

Officials say Pimentel is apparently a "lone wolf" with no known connection to any foreign terrorists or local radicalized individuals.

"He was not part of a larger conspiracy," Bloomberg said.

Kelly said Pimentel was inspired to act by the death of Awlaki, who was killed in a U.S. strike in Yemen earlier this year.

A duplicate of the bomb Pimentel was allegedly building was detonated by police on a police range and blew apart a car.  Charges against Pimentel include criminal possession of a weapon and conspiracy in the fourth degree as a crime of terrorism.

At his arraignment Sunday night, he was ordered held without bail.

An American citizen, Pimentel was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the United States at age 8.  After converting to Islam, he went by the name Muhammed Yusef.

Pimentel spent much of his time on the Internet, according to sources, and maintained a radical website called TrueIslam1.  The website contains a link to the bomb-making article in Inspire.

Pimentel first came to the attention of authorities in May 2009, when he was living in Schenectady, N.Y.  He returned to New York City in January 2010.  Authorities say they have been tailing him for more than a year.

He has a prior arrest for criminal possession of stolen property.

Pimentel rarely left his home, authorities said, except to buy coffee and cigarettes -- one cigarette at a time, when he couldn't afford a pack -- and to smoke.  His mother did not let him smoke in the apartment.

He also smoked marijuana and drank, according to authorities, and attended Muslim religious services infrequently.

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'Lone Wolf' Terror Suspect Arrested in New York

Alleged bomb-making material New York police confiscated during the arrest Nov. 20, 2011, of Jose Pimental on terrorism-related charges. ABC News(NEW YORK) -- After a year-long investigation, authorities have arrested a man described as a "lone wolf" terrorist in New York City.

On Sunday, state authorities arrested muslim convert Jose Pimentel, a Bronx resident who lived with his mother, and charged him with criminal possession of a weapon and terrorism charges. Pimentel allegedly had the materials to make a bomb when arrested, according the criminal complaint.

Pimentel spent much of his time on the internet visiting the radical website TrueIslam1, sources tell ABC News.  Though the apparent "lone wolf" did not attend mosque regularly and has no known connections to any other radicalized individuals or foreign terrorists, Pimentel first came to the attention of investigators two years ago, kicking off an investigation that would last more than a year.

Investigators have reviewed audio and video recordings of the defendant discussing plans to build a bomb and use it to assassinate members of the military returning from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, the complaint said.

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