Latest Busted in an ISIS Plot: 2 Queens Women

Feds charged duo with plotting to detonate bomb
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2015 11:47 AM CDT
In this June 16, 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, Iraq.   (AP Photo, File)
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(Newser) – There have been a raft of ISIS-related arrests on American soil lately, and the latest are two women living together in Queens. As the New York Times reports, a federal indictment unsealed today reveals that Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, both American citizens, have been charged with plotting to detonate a bomb. Per the complaint: Siddiqui “is currently in possession of multiple propane gas tanks, as well as instructions for how to transform propane tanks into explosive devices." Velentzas and Siddiqui were radicalized at least partly by ISIS, reports ABC News, which adds that the charges are the result of an undercover FBI sting. The pair were arrested earlier today and are expected in court this afternoon. (Read more ISIS stories.)

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