In April, Sayed Abdul Malike tried to buy enough explosives to blow up “a mountain,” authorities allege. No one knows what Malike’s plan might have been, but the Afghan-born man will go before the federal court in Brooklyn for a bail hearing on a drug charge related to his quest to buy explosives.
While federal authorities are still piecing together the story, some believe Malike may represent a threat just as dangerous and elusive as a terror cell: the lone-wolf terrorist sympathizer.
Terrorism experts cite concern about people who are not part of organized groups like Al Qaeda, but are inclined to act in sympathy with their aims. Such worry was heightened last week when Osama bin Laden’s No. 2 lieutenant called on all loyal Muslims to wreak havoc on the West.