Law Enforcement Worries NY Al-Qaeda Terror Plot Is "Still Alive"

By BEILA RABINOWITZ

September 22, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to ABC News, "Law enforcement officials say the alleged terror plot against New York City may be "still alive" despite the arrest of its alleged ringleader, 24-year-old Nadjibullah Zazi of Denver, Colorado." [source, http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/ny-terror-plot-officials-worried-attack-plan-lurking/story?id=8642956]

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security today increased the threat level, issuing alerts to law enforcement agencies nationwide warning that "soft targets" such as hotels, stadiums and mass transit were vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

Airport shuttle driver Nadjibullah Zazi, the plot's alleged ringleader, was arrested in Colorado after returning from a fevered trip to New York where he met with other men leading to raids on several apartments in Queens. He admitted to having attended an al-Qaeda terrorist training camp in Pakistan. His father, Mohammed Wali Zazi was also arrested and charged with lying to the FBI. Images of handwritten notes about bomb making were found on Zazi's laptop.

Ahmad Wais Afzali, the man arrested in New York was the Imam of a mosque [Masjid Hazrati Abu Bakr] whom the FBI accuses of having turned from informant to alerting the plotters that they were being watched.

All three suspects are so far charged with lying to the FBI, punishable by a maximum sentence of 8 years.

Officials say that at least 12 other people may be involved in the plot which spans from New York to Colorado and Pakistan.

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