A Tunisian man appeared in Manhattan federal court Thursday after federal prosecutors say he tried to develop a local terror cell and carry out attacks.
Federal prosecutors say Ahmed Abassi was arrested after filing for a work visa to remain in the United States.
Officials say Abassi's true purpose was to develop a terror cell and carry out attacks on U.S. soil and other countries.
They say he came to the U.S. from Canada in March and later met with Chiheb Esseghaier, one of the two men arrested in Canada in connection with an alleged plot to bomb trains in that country.
An undercover FBI agent wearing a wire recorded the meeting.
In addition to talking about terrorizing the U.S. and other countries with bombs, federal prosecutors say Abassi spoke about contaminating water with bacteria to kill about 100,000 people.
However, there is no word if Abassi had a part in the Canadian plot.
He is being charged with two counts of knowingly making false statements on an application for a work visa in order to facilitate an act of international terrorism.
Each charge carries a maximum of 25 years to life in prison.
Both sides are due back in federal court in June.