US Charges Terror Suspect with Bomb Plot
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.VOA News