WASHINGTON - A naturalized US citizen
from Pakistan pleaded guilty on Monday to joining what he
thought was an al Qaida plot to bomb the Washington area subway
system and received a 23-year prison sentence.
Farooque Ahmed, 35, was arrested in October in a US
government sting operation for conducting surveillance at
subway stops and suggesting where to place explosives.
Ahmed, who moved to the United States in 1993, pleaded
guilty to one count of attempting to provide material support
to al Qaida and one count of collecting information to assist
in the planning of a terrorist attack on a transit facility,
the Justice Department said.
Ahmed, who previously pleaded not guilty, changed his plea
during a federal court hearing in Alexandria, Virginia.
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