Man charged in bomb plot on Washington DC subway

The Pakistani-born man thought he was helping al-Qaida operatives in planning the attacks; FBI says there was never any danger to the public.

October 27, 2010 20:52
DC metro with Capitol building

Washington DC metro 311 AP. (photo credit: AP)

Washington - A Pakistani-born man has been arrested for a plot to bomb subway stations in and around Washington DC on Wednesday.

The Virginia man was indicted on charges that he attempted to aid what he thought were al-Qaida operatives in planning the bombings of several subway stations in the Washington area, according to a Washington Post report.

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The FBI said the public was never in danger because its agents were aware of the man's activities before the alleged planning took place and monitored him throughout until his arrest.

Farooque Ahmed, 34, a naturalized citizen, was arrested Wednesday. He was indicted on charges of attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization, collecting information to assist in planning a terrorist attack on a transit facility and attempting to provide material support to carry out multiple bombings to cause mass causalities at Washington-area subway stations.

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