Pakistani-American gets 23 years for US subway plot

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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