NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Two Queens women inspired by ISIS were arrested Thursday for plotting to build a homemade bomb, authorities said.
As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported, former roommates Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, conspired to prepare an explosive device they planned to detonate in a terror attack in the U.S., according to court documents.READ MORE: Drug Trafficking Ring Shipped Cocaine To New York Inside Children's Lunch Boxes, Investigators Say
“We are committed to doing everything in our ability to detect, disrupt, and deter attacks by homegrown violent extremists,” stated U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch. “As alleged, the defendants in this case carefully studied how to construct an explosive device to launch an attack on the homeland. We remain firm in our resolve to hold accountable anyone who would seek to terrorize the American people, whether by traveling abroad to commit attacks overseas or by plotting here at home.”
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Velentzas and Siddiqui, both U.S. citizens, appeared in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn late Thursday afternoon. In court, Valentzas gave loud, quick answers to the judge, while Siddiqui could barely muster a whisper, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.
Siddiqui’s attorney, Thomas Dunn, spoke briefly outside court.
“My client will enter a plea of not guilty if and when there’s an indictment, and she and I will address everything in the courtroom where it belongs,” Dunn said.
The women were ordered held in federal custody after the hearing.