Two women in New York City have been charged with conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, the Justice Department said Thursday. The women, Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, “did knowingly and willfully” plan to use an explosive device in an attack on U.S. soil, the complaint against them reads. Both Velentzas and Siddiqui are U.S. citizens.
The Justice Department indictment alleges that the women researched methods to make car bombs, fertilizer bombs, and pressure-cooker bombs. The complaint alleges that Siddiqui obtained “multiple propane tanks” and had instructions on “how to transform propane tanks into explosive devices.”
Much of the complaint stems from conversations between the two women and an undercover officer. Here are some of the standout details. Of course, all Justice Department claims are alleged until proved in a court of law.