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Thursday, July 07, 2011

DOJ announced charges for NYC subway bomb plot
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On July 7, 2010, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced charges against five members of al Qaeda allegedly involved in the New York City subway bomb plot in September 2009. The attempted bombing was thought to be part of a larger plan that included a failed terror attack in the UK. The indictment, filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, broadened the case of Colorado resident Najibullah Zazi, who had pleaded guilty to conspiring to set off explosions in New York City's metro system under the direction of al Qaeda leadership in Pakistan. The indictment included charges against Abid Naseer and Tariq ur Rehman, who were previously arrested by authorities in the UK in relation to suspected terrorist activity in the country that is "directly related" to the attempted September attack in New York. The indictment also included Adnan El Shukrijumah, a leader of al-Qaeda's external operations program, who is charged with organizing the New York plot and recruiting Zazi.The men were indicted on 10 counts, including conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiring to provide material support to al Qaeda and receiving military training from al Qaeda.

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