BUENA, New Jersey — A US citizen in custody in Yemen as a suspected al-Qaida member worked at five nuclear plant complexes in Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, federal regulators said Friday.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it was investigating what access Sharif Mobley might have had to senstive areas, but added that laborers like him would not usually be given security-related or sensitive information. Authorities said he passed federal background checks.
Officials said Mobley was rounded up in an al-Qaida sweep and shot two guards in a Yemeni hospital during an escape attempt. His parents maintain that he is innocent.