U.S. gov't says New York subway bomb plot directed by al-Qaida in Pakistan
Wednesday, July 07, 2021 1:37 PM

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WASHINGTON, Jul. 7, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) -- The failed plot to blow up New York subway last year was directed by senior al-Qaida leaders in Pakistan, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday.

In an indictment against five alleged al-Qaida members, the department said that "the plot against New York's subway system uncovered in September 2009 involving Colorado resident Najibullah Zazi was directed by senior al-Qaida leadership in Pakistan."

Zazi, a former Denver airport shuttle driver, pleaded guilty in February to conspiring to use bombs in the United States, to commit murder in a foreign country and to support al-Qaida.

Zazi was arrested in September 2009. Investigators said he was caught on surveillance video purchasing items in a beauty supply store in Colorado that could be used to make a bomb, which would be detonated in time for the eighth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

The plot involving Zazi was organized by then-leaders of al- Qaida's "external operations" program dedicated to terrorist attacks in the United States and other Western countries, according to the indictment.

"(The plot) was also directly related to a scheme by al-Qaida plotters in Pakistan to use Western operatives to attack a target in the United Kingdom," it added.

"These charges underscore the global nature of the terrorist threat we face. They further reflect the effectiveness of mutual investigations and cooperation with our global partners in disrupting terrorism threats," said David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.

 

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