Prosecutors on Thursday unsealed charges against two others in the plot Canadian citizen Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, 19 and Talha Haroon, a 19-year-old US citizen residing in Pakistan.
All three were arrested months ago, but the charges had been sealed as investigators with the FBI and NYPD Counterterrorism Unit searched for possible co-conspirators.
'He just took pity at these people because he was a bachelor and did not have many expenses. The chief of the government hospital in Cagayan de Oro city where Salic worked as a resident physician and trained as an orthopaedic surgeon expressed surprise at the allegations.'I can't believe it because I can't imagine doctors would be involved in those kinds of activities,' Northern Mindanao Medical Centre chief Jose Chan told AFP, adding that co-workers shared his sentiment.'He is a silent guy.
He gets along well with other doctors in the department or other doctors in the other departments, just like any other resident in the hospital,' Chan said.
The hospital chief also said he knew nothing of the personal life or religious beliefs of Salic, who completed his residency last April.'Russell, we are here to support you.
(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)'According to the doctor, his (social media) account was hacked.
Salic faces legal proceedings seeking his extradition to the United States.'Yes, of course he would (contest it). 'They weaved stories to link the person' to the plot, he added.