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US terror plot suspects to appear in court

Three men of Afghan origin have been charged with lying to the FBI, but authorities are not yet sure if arrests put end to alleged New York, Denver terror plot.

By / September 21, 2009



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Three men accused of lying to US federal authorities about a terrorism investigation will appear before a court on Monday. One of the men, Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan-born resident of Colorado, admitted to receiving weapons training from Al Qaeda in Pakistan, and court papers say he was involved in an alleged terrorist plot. Authorities said they did not know the timing nor location of any planned attacks.

On Mr. Zazi's computer, authorities say they found images of a 9-page hand-written document in Zazi's handwriting that detailed how to make and handle explosives. Investigators also discovered his fingerprints on batteries and a scale that could be used to manufacture explosives.

Authorities are uncertain if the arrest of the three men has put an end to the alleged terror plot, reports the New York Daily News. A federal official told the paper that they are still searching for other conspirators but nobody knows for certain if there are others.

Zazi has denied any involvement with a terrorist plot. He voluntarily cooperated with investigators for three questioning sessions until he failed to appear for a fourth session Saturday.

The two men arrested with him – Mohammed Wali Zazi, Zazi's father, and Ahmad Wais Afzali, an imam in Queens, New York – stand accused of lying to authorities about phone calls between Denver and New York. Mr. Afzali denied ever phoning Najibullah Zazi to tell him that authorities were investigating him. Mr. Mohammed Zazi told authorities he did not know Afzali even though the FBI said it recorded a conversation between the two men, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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