Asia Siddiqui, 35, and Noelle Velentzas, 31, are US citizens and residents of New York's Queens district producing and using an explosive, destructive device and weapon of mass destruction to commit a federal crime of violence ", According to a press release from the US Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of New York.
the deadliest terrorist attacks in US history, and used them as a template for their own plans to kill American law enforcement and military personnel, "said US attorney Richard Donoghue in the release.
Attorney General John Demers said the women were "inspired by radical Islam."
They discussed similar devices that were deployed in Boston, Oklahoma City and in 1993. World Trade Center bombings and focused on law enforcement and military objectives. Velentzas praised the terrorism of September 11, 2001 and said he was a martyr by a suicide bombing that guaranteed freedom of access to heaven.
When the women were arrested, the police found propane tanks, soldering tools and instructions for car bombs, jihadist literature, machetes and several knives in their homes, the press release said.