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Authorities in New York City have confirmed they recently arrested a New Jersey man for allegedly scouting for terrorist targets on behalf of the Iranian-linked terror group Hezbollah.
The announcement comes days after Iranian drones attacked Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure.
Per NBC New York:
A scout for the militant group Hezbollah was looking at locations for attacks in New York, Boston and Washington and sending target information back to leadership in Lebanon, federal prosecutors said.
They unveiled charges in Manhattan on Thursday against Alexei Saab of Morristown, New Jersey, who has been in custody since July. The government alleges that Saab has been a Hezbollah member since 1996 and has extensive firearms and bomb-making training.
Among Saab’s dozens of alleged New York City targets, prosecutors said, were the George Washington Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Herald Square and the local airports and tunnels.
He also surveiled targets in Boston and Washington, including Fenway Park and the Washington Monument.