2 Queens Women Are Charged in Bomb Plot

Stephanie Clifford, New York Times, April 2, 2015

Two women living in Queens have been charged with planning to build a bomb that they wanted to detonate in the United States.

The women, Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, who until recently were roommates, were named in a complaint unsealed on Thursday in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, and were expected to appear in court on Thursday afternoon.

Ms. Velentzas and Ms. Siddiqui, who are American citizens, appeared to be interested in jihad, according to the complaint, which said they had been communicating with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula personnel and had been viewing violent videos made by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

In the complaint, the government said the plot advanced to the point that Ms. Siddiqui bought four propane gas tanks and stored them in a stairwell outside her apartment. Earlier, the women had bought potassium gluconate at a Queens pharmacy, bought the fertilizer Miracle-Gro (which can be used as a bomb component) and read about and discussed bomb-making.

The complaint does not indicate that the women had a specific target. During the probe, investigators deployed an undercover agent, according to the government documents.

In conversations recorded by the government, Ms. Velentzas expressed “a preference for attacking military or government targets, rather than civilian targets,” the complaint said. The women “implied that their goal was to learn how to blow up a bomb from afar rather than conduct a suicide bombing,” it says.

In December, after the funeral of the New York police officer Rafael Ramos, who was killed in his patrol car, Ms. Velentzas seemed to home in on “whether a police funeral was an appropriate terrorist target,” the complaint says.


Ms. Siddiqui and Ms. Velentzas both studied chemistry and other elements of bomb-making, including topics like soldering. In November 2014, they bought potassium gluconate at a pharmacy after reading about it in a chemistry book, the complaint says, then drove to a Home Depot to look at “copper wires, paint containers with the word ‘combustible,’ small and large metal pipes, a bag of sodium chloride, and heater fluid containers” along with manure, which Ms. Velentzas noted was used in the Oklahoma City bombings.


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  • Katherine McChesney

    Dirty Muslims. There is no such thing as a peaceful muslim. They ALL follow the same violent Koran.

  • Luca

    They should have let them proceeded a little further under observation. Odds are they would have blown themselves up, saving the taxpayers a few dimes. Now they stand a chance of being pardoned by Holder or traded to the Taliban for an American deserter.

  • RacialRay

    Women make kinder, gentler terrorists. They wanted to keep the body count down by staying alive, themselves.

    If any of these converts to Islam were at all smart, they’d learn to keep their mouths shut about their plans. Fortunately, the vast majority are dumb as bricks.

    • Blackfish

      No person with good sense would swallow that nonsense!

  • Sodium chloride is table salt. Yes, table salt. These were rebels without a clue.

    I have a big jar of sodium nitrite here. Not “nitrate”, but nitrite. This is a preservative I use for tanning hides. Yes, it is an oxidizer, but not a useful one for making explosives. In 2011 I told the BATF agents searching my home what I was using it for, as they had found the (roadkill) coyote pelt I had tanned using it (yes, I skin and tan roadkill). Food manufacturers use sodium nitrite in bacon and hot dogs. They left it here. One of their bomb guys was actually rather cool.

    As for manure, this is also fertilizer, but it is poop: steer poop, sheep poop and chicken poop. It isn’t explosive, either. We save kitchen scraps in a bucket for garden fertilizer, but those old coffee grounds, tea lees, fruit and vegetable peels and boiled, crumbled bones can’t easily be made into explosives, either.

    • DNA Explains It All

      They did mention “Miracle-Gro” I am thinking the 34-0-0 ammonium nitrate bomb makers would usually be after would be way better.

      • DNA Explains It All

        Miracle-Gro would contain a lot of deleterious compounds to the purported purpose.

    • DonReynolds

      He He…..why would bombers go to so much trouble when gasoline is down to almost 2 bucks a gallon??? In a box of matches, there are 32…..and cost about a dime.

      • Alden

        Where do you live?

        • ghettovalley

          Saudi Arabia I’m guessing, judging by those gas prices.

  • SlizzardAjeosshi

    “Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31”

    You really know the world is coming to an end when you read names like that and you cannot tell if they belong to terrorists, aspiring rappers or some extras in a Telemundo novela

    • Michael Robert Ryan

      Valentzas is a Greek name, so she must’ve been a convert.

  • DonReynolds

    It is OK……they are American citizens.
    That makes them traitors and they can be shot by firing squad.
    Had they not been American citizens, they would be foreign saboteurs and terrorist bombers, and could be shot by firing squad.

  • George Costanza

    While the freak show left and homo nazi’s make a big deal about pizza shops and bakery’s, muslims are posturing and scheming to destroy us.

    • Cid Campeador

      The “Homonazis” will wish for the good old days when and if the Muslims take over. They’ll begin the exterminations forthwith.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Women are worse terrorist than men are.

  • ghettovalley

    More Dindu homegrown terrorism? Yet another reason to separate as soon as possible.

  • Alden

    No mention of any job

  • soldier

    Nowhere in the Times piece is it mentioned that the two women are Muslim.

  • soldier

    Nowhere in the NY Times piece is the religion of the women mentioned.

  • soldier

    Nowhere in the NY Times piece is the religion of the women mentioned.

  • soldier

    Nowhere in the NY Times piece is the religion of the women mentioned. A very deliberate omission IMO.

  • soldier

    Nowhere is the religion of the women mentioned in the NY Times piece