US captive charged with trying to kill Pakistan's Musharraf

February 15, 2012 02:43


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MIAMI - US prosecutors in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals filed charges on Tuesday against a Pakistani man who grew up in suburban Baltimore, alleging he plotted with al-Qaida to attack US targets and assassinate former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

The charges against defendant Majid Khan allege that in 2002, he donned an explosives vest and sat in a mosque in Karachi, Pakistan, where Musharraf was expected. He planned to blow himself up and kill Musharraf but the plot was foiled when the president failed to show up, the charges said.Prosecutors allege Khan also conspired with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the September 11 attacks, to blow up underground gasoline storage tanks in the United States - attacks that apparently were not carried out.

And Khan is accused of conspiring with al-Qaida operatives in Indonesia to bomb bars, cafes and nightclubs frequented by Westerners.

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