NY police avert terrorist plan

NEW York officials said yesterday that police have arrested a man trying to build a pipe bomb with instructions from an al Qaeda magazine, which he planned to use against US soldiers.

The suspect – identified as Jose Pimentel, 27 – was charged with three terrorism-related counts and two other counts.

Beyond soldiers, his intended targets were allegedly police officers and post offices, police said. Pimentel had been under surveillance since May 2009 and was a “lone wolf” who got instructions on building a bomb from al Qaeda’s “Inspire” magazine.