Would-be terrorist pleads guilty to plot to blow up soldiers returning from battle

Would-be terrorist pleads guilty to plot to blow up soldiers returning from battle

A would-be terrorist flashed a sick grin Wednesday while pleading guilty in a plot to kill city cops and U.S. war veterans with bombs built in a Manhattan apartment.

Al Qaeda sympathizer Jose Pimentel, who discussed his deadly plans with a confidential informant posing as a cohort, copped to a count of attempted weapons possession in the first degree as a crime of terrorism in Manhattan Supreme Court.

As Assistant District Attorney Deborah Hickey discussed his “jihad mission” and plans to attack American soldiers, cops and Jews, Pimentel locked his eyes on the prosecutor and smiled.

Pimentel — wearing a bright orange Department of Correction jumpsuit and religious head garb — was otherwise expressionless as he answered the judge’s standard pre-plea questions.

He will receive a 16-year jail sentence at his Mar. 25 sentencing. Authorities described Pimentel as a “lone wolf” infuriated by the presence of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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