Thursday, September 24, 2009

US Charges Najibullah Zazi with Bomb Plot

Via VOA News -

An Afghan-born man detained in the United States as part of a terror investigation has been charged with conspiring to detonate bombs in the U.S.

The indictment unveiled Thursday in New York alleges Najibullah Zazi spent more than a year plotting the attack with others.

The government says Zazi "received detailed bomb-making instructions in Pakistan, purchased components of improvised explosive devices and traveled to New York City on September 10, 2009" to move forward with his plans.

Zazi was detained in the midwestern U.S. state of Colorado Saturday along with his father, Mohammed Wali Zazi, on charges of lying to counterterrorism investigators. A third Afghan man, Ahmad Wais Afzali, was detained in New York City the same day on the same charges.

All three men are legal permanent residents or naturalized citizens of the United States.

The U.S. Department of Justice says the government wants Zazi to be transferred to New York to face this new charge.

Zazi has denied any links to terrorism.

The 24-year-old was born in Afghanistan and moved to Pakistan as a boy before relocating with his family to the U.S. about 10 years ago.


Check out this LATimes article for more details....
"Zazi remained committed to detonating an explosive device up until the date of his arrest, as exemplified by among other things, traveling overseas to receive bomb-making instructions, conducting extensive research on the internet regarding components of explosive devices, purchasing -- on multiple occasions -- the components necessary to produce TATP [Triacetone Triperoxide] and other explosive devices, and traveling to New York City on September 10, 2009 in furtherance of the criminal plan," a Justice Department detention memo states.

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