90 Miles From Tyranny : Two New York women inspired by radical Islam who pleaded guilty to planning to build bombs for US terror attacks face up to 20 years in jail

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Two New York women inspired by radical Islam who pleaded guilty to planning to build bombs for US terror attacks face up to 20 years in jail

  • The women pleaded guilty in New York City on Friday to teaching and distributing information about the manufacture and use of explosive weapons
  • Asia Siddiqui, 35, and Noelle Velentzas, 31, face up to 20 years in prison 
  • The pair taught each other chemistry for creating explosives and other devices
  • They discussed devices used in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and 1993 World Trade Center attack
Noelle Velentzas, (pictured), and another woman pleaded guilty to teaching and distributing information about the manufacture and use of explosive weapons

Two women inspired by radical Islam pleaded guilty in New York City on Friday to teaching and distributing information about the manufacture and use of explosive weapons, federal prosecutors said.

Asia Siddiqui, 35, and Noelle Velentzas, 31, who are American citizens and both from the borough of Queens, face up to 20 years in prison when they are sentenced.

Between 2013 and 2015, Velentzas and Siddiqui planned to build a bomb for use in a terrorist attack in the United States.

The women taught each other chemistry and electrical skills for creating explosives and building detonating devices.

They also carried out research on how to make plastic explosives and how to build a car bomb. The pair also shopped and collected items to be used in an explosive device.

Disturbingly, they also discussed similar devices used in past terrorist incidents, including the Boston Marathon bombing, Oklahoma City bombing and 1993 World Trade Center attack.

The New York Post reported that the pair visited a Home Depot store in Queens to look for materials to make explosives with a woman called 'Mel.'


Noelle Velentzas, 31 (left) and Asia Siddiqui, 35 (right) who are American citizens researched how to make bombs to be used in the US. They are pictured above in a courtroom sketch from 2015

She was an undercover agent who recorded them talking about their plans to unleash terror in public places.

'Noelle, Mel and I discussed the need to prepare for jihad,' Siddiqui told Brooklyn federal Judge Sterling Johnson Jr., reading from a prepared written statement earlier this year.

They also researched potential targets of attack, focusing on law enforcement and military-related targets.

Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers said the guilty pleas were entered before United States District Court Judge Sterling Johnson Jr.

In a statement he said: 'Inspired by radical Islam, Velentzas and Siddiqui researched and taught each other how to construct bombs to be used on American soil against law enforcement and military targets.

'They were thwarted by the excellent work of...

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