February 12th 2010 08:48:31 PM
First we had Bosnian Anes Subasic along with an Albanian being part of the North Carolina-based international terror plan, whose plotters were arrested last summer. And last month the Colorado-based 9/11-anniversary terror plot — disrupted in September — turned up two more suspects:
Two arrested over New York City ‘bomb plot’ BBC, Jan. 8
Two more men have been arrested in the US in connection with an alleged plot to bomb New York City last year.
The two - named as Adis Medunjanin and Zasrein Ahmedzay - were detained as part of an “ongoing investigation”, an FBI spokesman told reporters.
They are said to be associates of an Afghan-born Colorado man, Najibullah Zazi, who is accused of planning an attack on New York commuters.
Mr Zazi and two other men were charged in September. All deny the charges.
Mr Medunjanin is described as a Bosnian immigrant and Mr Ahmedzay as a US citizen.
FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said they had been arrested after Mr Medunjanin was involved in a car accident. Federal agents picked him up after he was taken to hospital.
Mr Medunjanin’s lawyer said his client had done nothing wrong. The two men are due to appear in court in Brooklyn later on Friday.
The New York Times newspaper says they are suspected of travelling with Mr Zazi in 2008 to Pakistan, where prosecutors allege Mr Zazi received al-Qaeda training.
Both were questioned by investigators last year, the Associated Press news agency adds.
2 Qaeda-linked suspects arrested; one crashes car on Whitestone Expressway New York Post Jan. 8
Two men who traveled to Pakistan with Najibullah Zazi were arrested early Friday morning in New York.
“Early this morning Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay were arrested by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York as the result of an ongoing investigation,” FBI spokesman Rich Kolko said.
The full list of charges will be released later Friday but sources said one of the men was charged with non-terror-related holding charges and is awaiting terror-related charges.
The second man was charged with terror-related charges.
Zazi was arrested in September 2009 and accused of planning to carry out acts of terrorism against the United States under the direction of al Qaeda. The FBI said he had received instruction at an al Qaeda training camp in Pakistan.
After feds took the suspect’s passport, the food-cart worker bolted and crashed his car on the Whitestone Expressway. Medunjanin is already on the no-fly list and has been watched by feds for months.
The investigators tailed him, but Medunjanin — a 25 year-old Bosnian immigrant who reportedly accompanied alleged terror bomb plotter Najibullah Zazi on a trip to Pakistan in 2008 — sped down the Whitestone Expressway.
Near 20th Avenue, Medunjanin rear-ended another car and tried to run away, but FBI agents tackled him, sources said.
The airport driver, Najibullah Zazi, previously pleaded not guilty to that charge. He is accused of getting al-Qaida training to build homemade bombs to attack New York City.
Two Men Arrested in Probe of New York Terror Plot (Update2) Bloomberg, Jan. 8
…The men were arrested in connection with Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan man who authorities said trained at an al-Qaeda terrorist camp. Zazi and two other men were arrested in September over an alleged plot to detonate a bomb in New York around the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The two men came to attention of authorities in September during the investigation of Zazi, Margolin said. Zazi, a former Denver airport shuttle-van driver who had moved to Colorado from Queens, traveled back to New York in early September, prosecutors said.
Zazi’s actions suggested that “the defendant was intent on making a bomb and being in New York on 9/11 for purposes of perhaps using such item,” Denver Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Neff said at the time of his arrest.
Zazi and three unidentified associates purchased components for improvised explosive devices from July to September, the U.S. said in a conspiracy indictment unsealed Sept. 24. Investigators said they found an electronic scale that could be used to weigh chemicals and batteries that could be installed in a bomb when they searched a residence in Flushing, Queens, where Zazi stayed while in New York.
A search of a computer laptop in Zazi’s rental car turned up images of nine pages of bomb-making instructions. They included a recipe for an explosive used in the 2005 London train bombings and intended for use in the 2001 plot to blow up an airplane by “shoe bomber” Richard Reid, prosecutors said.
Officials also said Zazi was videotaped on store cameras buying products such as acetone and hydrogen peroxide that can be use to make a bomb.
Zazi has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is awaiting trial. He faces as long as life in prison if convicted.