The mother of José Pimentel, an “Al Qaeda sympathizer" who wanted to kill U.S. military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, apologized for her son Monday and said she couldn't deal with him after he started reading the Koran in 2001.
"I want to apologize to the city of New York," Carmen Sosa, 56, said today. "I've been here since 1987, and I'm disappointed with what my son was doing. I love New York.
"I want to thank the police, I think they handled it well," she added.
Pimentel was busted in Harlem just one hour before his homemade pipe bomb would be operational, officials said last night.
Sosa spoke through tears outside her home this morning when asked what she would say to Pimintel if she could.
"I don't know what's going on, I just want peace," she said. "I just want to say I love him, I didn't raise him that way. He changed."