NYSE Terror Plotter Gets 15-Year Term for Aiding al-Qaeda

A former Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. employee who admitted to helping al-Qaeda scout the New York Stock Exchange for a possible terrorist attack was sentenced to 15 years in prison, amid growing concerns of sleeper terror cells in Europe and the U.S.

Wesam El-Hanafi’s effort to fight for al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Somalia was rejected by the group’s leadership in Yemen, which instead sent him and his co-defendant Sabirhan Hasanoff back to New York, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Cronan said today in Manhattan federal court.

The two were ordered to carry out covert missions, including a possible attack on the New York Stock Exchange and another on a “large American dam,” Cronan said.

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