Al Qaeda Magazine Called for Targeting American Crowds at Sporting Events


Toward the end of last year, two Pakistani men were arrested after scouting targets in New York City for a bomb plot. Their emphasis was on areas with large crowds and street traffic.

Mr. [Raees] Qazi said in his post-arrest statement that he was riding around on his bike in New York City looking for targets but he never specifically picked one,” FBI Special Agent Kristine Holden testified in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.

The younger Qazi also tried to determine how big the crowds were in Times Square, on Wall Street and at theaters in the city, the agent said.

The prosecutors said he was motivated by the lectures of the late radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a drone strike in Yemen, and by Inspire magazine. The online magazine is produced by the terror group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and it has carried articles on how to make bombs.

Last year, Inspire Magazine suggested targeting large crowds including market-places, sporting and social events.

Writing in the online magazine of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Inspire, the terrorist known as Abu Musab al-Suri listed what he called “the most important enemy targets.”

This is done by targeting human crowds in order to inflict maximum human losses,” he wrote. “This is very easy since there are numerous such targets such as crowded sports arenas, annual social events, large international exhibitions, crowded market-places, skyscrapers, crowded buildings … etc.”

“It is possible for ordinary Resistance fighters among the Muslims residing in America and the allied Western countries to target them, in order to participate in the jihad and the Resistance, and to stretch out a helping hand to the mujahidun [Islamic warriors].”

It is likely that the Qazis got their idea from Inspire and the Times Square Bomber. While we still don’t know exactly who was responsible for the Marathon Massacre, it does fit the trajectory of Al Qaeda terrorist plots.

  • BLJ

    There is no doubt in my mind that this cowardly act was done by Muslims. I also believe that more of this will happen. The only way to deal with a jihadist is to blow their brains out.

  • BS77

    My prayers for the victims of this catastrophe…..the dead and those terribly injured. I hope the sub human garbage who did this are arrrested quickly.

    • Spikey1

      "I hope the sub human garbage who did this are arrrested quickly"

      I'm going to disagree: No reason for them to be arrested, they just need to be dead. Bullets cost less than jail, think of the federal debt and saving a few bucks.

      • thatsitivehadenough

        I agree with you. We are at war. Like it or not, we are at war. We have to kill the enemy. Because this enemy will kill you, your spouse, your children, your babies in the womb, and even your pets.

  • Clara S

    The shrapnel and ball bearings in the bombs inflicted wounds like Israelis experience frequently from terrorist attacks in Israel. Perhaps some liberal, progressive Americans will begin to understand what Jews live with on a daily basis in Israel. I am not holding my breath. Liberals are adept at wailing loudly over their pains, while ignoring the pain of others……provided the 'others' are not their own.

    This attack could easily have been from domestic jihadists acting alone….following the Muslim Brotherhood playbook…..more difficult to trace and more difficult to guard against, both physically and emotionally.

  • Edward Cline

    People: There's nothing to worry about. Just because a Saudi here on a "student" visa was caught running away from the carnage isn't cause for condemnation of Saudi students here, even though Obama and Company have given Saudis a free pass to come here. These Saudis are coming here to learn stuff, and then they'll invent an antidote to the common cold, and solve the mystery of gravity, and write literature that will surpass Shakespeare, and develop cures for cancer and Alzheimer's, and colonize Mars. You don't believe this? You must be a bigot, or a racist,or a right-winger.

  • XOXOLJ

    the way i see it the sandy hook shooting SUPPOSEDLY is the cause behind the new Gun control laws… so the ONLY right way to handle this, is rid america of all the Muslims JUST IN CASE one of them is to blame.. thats how the new OBAMA administration handles things …RGHT? one person screws up, all of us pay??? so one of them SCREWS up they all need to pay! GET THEM THE HELL OUT OF OUR COUNTRY! and we will be safe again ? ISNT THAT THE WAY HE SEES THINGS?

    • Mel

      We let so many people in this country that we look at our pun people like they are not Americans that we trust others to do the job so instead of buildening jails give jobs I mean really who knows what some person did in his country