Would-be terrorists considered attack on NYPD funeral after Rafael Ramos send-off: authorities

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A pair of terrorist wannabes with Al Qaeda ties pondered bombing a police funeral after the massive turnout of 20,000 law enforcement mourners for an executed NYPD cop, authorities said Thursday.

Former Queens roommates Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, were due in Brooklyn Federal Court for conspiring to detonate homemade explosives “and receive Allah’s blessing,” according to a federal criminal complaint.  

The two friends were ordered held without bail after an afternoon hearing where neither said a word.

Velentzaz — the married mom of a 5-year-old girl — wore a black hijab into the courtroom. The single Siddiqui was dressed in a green polo shirt with a yellow crest, worn over a long-sleeved black shirt.

Velentzas, in one of many conversations recorded by a undercover investigator, declared that killing a cop was easier than grocery shopping, according to the complaint.

“Sometimes one has to wait in line to buy food,” she was quoted as telling the undercover last December after the cold-blooded killings of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.

The demented duo — self-declared citizens of the Islamic State terrorist group — researched the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing in their quest to “make history,” authorities charged.

“Why we can’t be some bad b—hes?” Velentzas once asked after pulling a knife concealed in her bra.

Velentzas also kept a photo of Osama Bin Laden holding an AK-47 on her phone and praised the 9/11 attacks on Washington and the World Trade Center, authorities charged.

The two friends “are alleged to have researched how to construct bombs as part of their conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction on American soil,” said John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.

Siddiqui had repeated contact with members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and even had a poem published in the terrorist publication “Jihad Recollections,” authorities said.

One of the pair’s potential bombing plots was inspired by the packed Queens sendoff for Officer Rafael Ramos, according to a federal criminal complaint.

Vice President Biden, Gov. Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton led the massive outpouring of mourners at the Dec. 27 funeral for the martyred cop.

Velentzas, after learning about the enormous gathering, “was trying to evaluate whether a police funeral was an appropriate terrorism target,” said the 29-page complaint against the pair.

The suspects, who espoused violent jihad against the U.S., felt the Boston Marathon bombers made a mistake by targeting innocent people, the complaint charged.

Velentzas was quoted as saying it was better to attack “the head, the neck, the shoulders (of the) snake” rather than “the tail.”

Velentzas was Facebook friends since last summer with Air Force veteran Tairod Pugh, who was busted last month by the feds for planning to join ISIS forces in Syria.

Authorities said the suspect didn’t understand why any jihadist would leave the United States when there more opportunities to “please Allah” in America.

Velentzas reportedly became obsessed with pressure cookers in the wake of the April 15, 2013, marathon bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260.

Siddiqui, at the time of her arrest, had multiple propane gas tanks along with instructions on converting them into bombs, authorities charged.

Velentzas, in a June 2014 conversation with an undercover agent, said both she and Siddiqui were prepared to die for their beliefs.

“If we get arrested, the police will point their guns at us from the back and maybe from the front,” she said. “If we can get even one of their weapons, we can shoot them.

“They will probably kill us, but we will be martyrs automatically and receive Allah’s blessing.”

jmarzulli@nydailynews.com

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/wannabe-terrorists-weighed-attack-nypd-funeral-complaint-article-1.2171174?cid=bitly

5 thoughts on “Would-be terrorists considered attack on NYPD funeral after Rafael Ramos send-off: authorities

  1. Nonsense. If this story isn’t a complete fabrication, we’ll find out in a month that the FBI set these two idiots up in exchange for a vial of crack.

    For now it has distraction value, and it reinforces the entire war on terror propaganda, as well as the Boston marathon bombing.

    Do you think Muslims really believe that Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda did 9-11? American school kids don’t even believe that nonsense anymore, and the article claims that the girls researched the event.

  2. What is it with these so called terrorists who seem rather keen to talk like comic-book characters… I mean really, who talks like that?

    Comic-book characters with meaningless motives… seriously folks the FBI needs better script writers.

  3. What? No maniacal diabolical laughter while wringing their hands together?!

    Muahahaha! Snickers a la snack bar!

    SMFH

  4. Most would-be terrorists would be farmers if they weren’t organized, trained, funded and armed by the West in endless proxy wars for resources and for who’s counterfeit currency is gonna’ be forced on the debt slaves. I recently read that the chances of being killed by a terrorist are statistically less than being killed by falling out of bed. Maybe we could make ourselves safer just by sleeping on the floor.

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