Two brothers, Sheheryar Alam Qazi 32, and Raees Alam Qazi 22 were born in Pakistan. They plead guilty on charges of plotting a terrorist explosive attack against our own New York City landmarks. They assaulted two deputy U.S. marshals while they were in custody.
Both have been in federal custody since November 2012, after Raees Qazi returned from New York on a bus following an aborted attack, which may include bombs made of common chemicals and Christmas tree lights.
U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer stated in a news release “This case serves as an example of our commitment to protecting civilians from violent jihadi attacks”. Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Gilbert read factual statement that was signed by both brothers. The statement said Raees Qazi had unsuccessfully attempted to enter Afghanistan to join Islamic extremists while visiting Pakistan. He decided to become a “lone wolf” and find a way to attack the U.S. from within.