NYC Terror Suspect Was Building a Bomb

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New York police have arrested a man they say is the fourteenth person to attempt an attack on the city since 9/11.

Jose Pimentel, a U.S. Muslim and Dominican national, was arraigned Sunday on a number of terror charges, including making pipe bombs in his bedroom.

"The suspect was a so-called lone wolf, motivated by his own resentment of the presence of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as inspired by al Qaeda propaganda," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a Sunday news conference.

Police had followed Pimentel, 27, for two years and made a swift arrest this past weekend because they thought he was about to strike.

Click play to watch John Waage's report followed by an update from CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck.

"He was in fact putting this bomb together," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. "He was drilling holes, and it would have been not appropriate for us to let him walk out the door with that bomb."

"We think that an event that really set him off was the elimination of Anwar al-Awlaki," Kelly added. "That happened on Sept. 30 of this year."

Pimentel frequently visited radical Islamic websites, where he found an article titled "How to make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom."

Officials said he intended to attack returning U.S. troops, government workers, and office-holders.

One of his web postings read, "People have to understand that America and its allies are all legitimate targets in warfare."

"He made even some of his like-minded friends nervous because of his extremism," Kelly said.

His arrest was a surprise to at least one neighbor.

"I am shocked, of course. I have kids," the neighbor said. "For me, it is something really to worry about. How come someone is making bombs here inside the building?"

Pimentel will be tried in state court, rather than federal court, for his alleged crimes.

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