Attempted Terror Attack Plot Revealed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - He may have thought they were with al-Qaida --
but a federal law enforcement official says the people who met with
a Virginia man were really working for the U.S. government.

Authorities say the man, Farooque Ahmed, believed he was part of
a plot to set off bombs in the Washington, D.C., subway system next
year. They say he videotaped stations in northern Virginia and
suggested ways to kill as many people as possible.

But in fact, they say, the plot was a ruse, carried out over the past six months.

Ahmed is being held without bond after a brief court appearance today. The U.S. citizen, born in Pakistan, didn't enter a plea. He
told a magistrate judge that he can't afford a lawyer. Prosecutors
said they plan to use some classified information as evidence.

Ahmed was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday, and the charges were made public today. They include trying to provide
material support to carry out multiple bombings and cause mass
casualties.

The FBI says the public was never in any danger because agents
were aware of the man's activities and monitored him throughout.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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