Explosive Terror-Related Charges Allege Lies, Bomb-Making Guide
Terror-related charges filed over the weekend against three Afghan-born legal U.S. residents allege that 24-year-old Najibullah Zazi had "nine-pages of photographs with handwritten notes" with detailed information on how to make, handle, and detonate explosives, and that his father Mohammed Wali Zazi, and New York City Imam Ahmad Wais Afzali allegedly lied to federal agents investigating the 24-year-old Zazi's possible terrorism connections.
According to allegations in the FBI affidavit filed in support of his arrest, the young Zazi had traveled to Peshawar, Pakistan at least twice during the last two years, and was overheard in a wiretapped conversation with Afzali discussing potential "evidence" in his rental car. Law enforcement officials reportedly suspect that Zazi underwent al Qaeda training while in Pakistan's northwestern tribal areas.
Najibullah Zazi works as an airport shuttle driver in Colorado.
Here are the criminal charges filed against Najibullah Zazi:
Here are the criminal charges filed against Mohammed Zazi, Najibullah's father:
Here are the criminal charges filed against Ahmad Wais Afzali, the 37-year-old imam of the Masjid-al-Saaliheen in Flushing, Queens in New York City:
According to one Queens resident who lived on the same street at Afzali, the imam "always had fresh, expensive cars," including a Jaguar XJ8.
According to this Reuters report, police allege that Najibullah Zazi admitted attending an al Qaeda training camp, although Zazi and his lawyer denied the allegations:
All three are due in court today for arraignment on federal charges
- FBI describes bomb plot involving terrorist suspect Zazi, Denver Post (Sept. 21, 2009)
- Interview with Najibullah Zazi's Lawyer Art Folsom Denver Post (Sept. 2009) (
- Lawyer Defends Imam Arrested in Terror Inquiry, New York Times (Sept. 21, 2009)
- Terrorism-Related Cases, FindLaw
- U.S. Bomb Plot Suspects to Appear in Court Monday, Reuters (Sept. 19, 2009)
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