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Man planning to detonate explosive devices in New York's Times Square, report says

Posted: 3:24 AM, Jun 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-07 06:24:50-04
Man planning to detonate explosive devices in New York's Times Square, report says

A man has been arrested after authorities say he was planning to detonate explosive devices in New York's Times Square, local media outlets are reporting, citing law enforcement sources.

The suspect, who was taken into custody Thursday, was plotting to throw explosives at people in the tourist destination, according to the New York Daily News . He was looking to buy grenades, the outlet reported.

Police set up an undercover operation to catch the suspect when he went to buy the weapons, and sources say he was taken into custody by the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force. The suspect is believed to have been acting alone.

Officials have not released his name and there is no official word yet from the FBI task force.

CNN has reached out to the NYPD and the FBI, but has not received a comment.

The suspect is expected to be in federal court in Brooklyn on Friday, according to CNN affiliate WCBS .