Feds say they thwarted NYC plot targeting concert venues

NEW YORK — Three Islamic State group sympathizers plotted to cause bloodshed at New York City concert venues, subway stations, and Times Square before US agents thwarted the plot, authorities disclosed Friday.

Defendant Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy was arrested after traveling to New Jersey in May 2016, authorities said. According to criminal complaints, Bahnasawy, 19, sent an undercover agent an image of Times Square with a smartphone message saying, ‘‘We seriously need to car bomb times square. Look at these crowds of people!’’