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Queens college student accused of plotting terror attack in NYC

NEW YORK -- A college student in Queens is accused of planning a terror attack on New York City on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

CBS New York reports that Munther Omar Saleh was arrested on June 7 and appeared in Brooklyn Federal Court last Saturday.

Investigators said Saleh recently enrolled at a college in Queens that specializes in aeronautics and was taking a course in electrical circuitry.

According to court documents, the 20-year-old espoused jihadist beliefs online and openly supported ISIS activities via Twitter, including the Charlie Hebdo massacre in France, the burning to death of a Jordanian pilot and the beheading of a Japanese journalist. He also allegedly tweeted support for the terror attack in Garland, Texas in May.

Saleh landed on federal authorities' radar after allegedly loitering on the George Washington Bridge on two consecutive days in March.

A further investigation into Saleh's activities uncovered possible plans to detonate an explosive device in New York City on behalf of the terror group, court documents said.

Investigators claim he also used his personal computer to search topics ranging from weapons and pressure cookers, to eluding police and disguises.

Additionally, Saleh is accused of offering to translate ISIS propaganda into English for dissemination.

So far, Saleh has not been formally charged in connection with the case, CBS radio station 1010 WINS reported.

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