Raees Qazi, Oakland Park Terror Suspect, Allegedly Planned to Blow Self Up in New York
Raees Qazi, the younger of two Oakland Park brothers charged by the FBI with conspiring to funnel "material support" to terrorists planning to explode a weapon of mass destruction somewhere in the United States, allegedly planned to either blow himself up or detonate a bomb in New York that would cause massive casualties, according to federal prosecutors.
Qazi, 20 (affectionately known at the Pulpas the second half of the Jihad Bros), did not go through with his plan after he deemed it "too expensive."
He also apparently read an al-Qaeda online magazine article titled "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom."
Qazi reportedly told authorities that he came to Broward to "practice" for a bombing and to build an explosive device. But the device failed.
Stupid useless al-Qaeda online article.
This new information was revealed by prosecutors on Tuesday during a hearing where Raees asked to be released from detention until he goes to trial.
Prosecutors also said they have phone recordings in which Raees' older brother, Sheheryar Alam Qazi, described his little bro as "a lone wolf" and someone not unlike a man who tried to blow up Times Square back in May 2010.
All this desire to blow up New York apparently comes from Qazi's anger toward the U.S. use of unmanned drone attacks and deaths in Afghanistan, according to prosecutors.
The brothers have pleaded not guilty.
Raees Qazi's lawyer, Assistant Federal Public Defender Daniel Ecarius, argued that the prosecution doesn't have enough strong evidence and pointed out that Qazi is just a bro strapped for some serious cash.
Indeed, as reported by the Pulp, Raees tried to make some dough by peddling an X-Box, a random assortment of videogames, and bicycles on Craigslist and at the Swap Shop.
Because of the seriousness of the charges, a judge ruled that Qazi must remain in jail. He is also considered a flight risk and a potential danger to the community.
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