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All of Gotham in Cross Hairs

Two men charged with plotting to blow up the Herald Square subway station were also planning a “holy war” rampage against seven other crucial targets around the city — including at least two other stations, three police precincts and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, officials said yesterday. “They had the intention to cause damage, to kill people,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. But “they did not immediately have the means to do it.” Shahawar Matin Siraj, 21, a “loose cannon” from Pakistan, and James El Shafay, 19, a Pakistan-born U.S. citizen from Staten Island, were charged with conspiracy. Cops say they plotted to use backpack bombs to blow up the 34th Street-Herald Square subway station. It’s just a block from Madison Square Garden, where the Republican National Convention kicks off tomorrow. “Last week, they actually went to the station and drew a map,” said Kelly. “We had them under surveillance, but we couldn’t guarantee [they wouldn’t act]. Their motive, basically, was hatred for the system.” The two men were picked up by the FBI on Friday after authorities tape-recorded several conversations with an NYPD informant in which the two men asked for help building a bomb. Full Story

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