US soldier arrested in plot to blow up 9/11 Memorial in NYC

NEW YORK — A US Army soldier was arrested today in Georgia on charges that he plotted to blow up New York City’s 9/11 Memorial and attack US soldiers in the Middle East, authorities say.

Cole James Bridges of Stow, Ohio, is in custody on charges of attempted material support of a terrorist organization — the Islamic State group — and attempted murder of a military member, says Nicholas Biase, a spokesperson for Manhattan federal prosecutors.

The 20-year-old soldier, also known as Cole Gonzales, is with the Third Infantry Division out of Fort Stewart, Georgia, Biase says.

He is scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court in Georgia on Thursday.

It isn’t immediately clear who will represent him.

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