September 20, 2009 |
Federal authorities arrested a Denver-area airport shuttle driver, his father and another man late Saturday in connection with a suspected plot to launch a terrorist attack within the United States, the Justice Department said early today. Najibullah Zazi, 24, and his father, Wali Mohammed Zazi, 53, were taken into custody at their home in Aurora, Colo., and charged with "knowingly and willfully making false statements to the FBI in a matter involving international and domestic terrorism" during several days of questioning, according to a federal complaint.
September 16, 2009 |
A Colorado man denied Tuesday that he was a central figure in a terrorism investigation that led to several police raids in New York. Najibullah Zazi told the Associated Press at his home outside Denver that he was driving a rental car on a visit to New York when he was stopped by authorities Thursday on the George Washington Bridge, which connects New York City and New Jersey. But he said that after officers searched the vehicle, he was allowed to leave and return to suburban Denver.
September 26, 2009 |
A federal judge today ordered that an Afghan-born Denver man remain in custody as he faces a charge that he conspired to use weapons of mass destruction in the United States. Najibullah Zazi, 24, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in New York for allegedly plotting to detonate bombs somewhere in the U.S. Also today, Magistrate Judge Craig Shaffer dismissed a charge against Zazi of making false statements to authorities, thus clearing the way for the suspect to be transferred to New York to face the terrorism charge.
September 30, 2009 |
An Afghan immigrant charged with conspiring to bomb U.S. targets in an attack possibly intended to coincide with the Sept. 11 anniversary pleaded not guilty in federal court Tuesday. Najibullah Zazi of Aurora, Colo., was ordered held without bail in what authorities have called the first Al Qaeda-linked plot on U.S. soil since the 2001 attacks. He appeared beside his attorney, wearing orange sneakers, black trousers and a tunic. Zazi, 24, his heavy beard neatly trimmed, did not speak, and there were no family members in the packed courthouse.
September 25, 2009 |
A federal grand jury in New York indicted a Denver man on a terrorism charge Thursday after federal authorities alleged that he and possibly three others had gone on a buying spree of bomb-making chemicals and were preparing an attack on U.S. soil. The one-count indictment alleges that Najibullah Zazi, 24, worked for more than a year on a plot to detonate a weapon of mass destruction. Justice Department documents did not name the alleged co-conspirators, but said that three other Denver-area residents had bought unusual amounts of chemicals from beauty-supply stores, including hydrogen peroxide and acetone, which can be used to make explosives.
October 1, 2009 |
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III rejected suggestions that poor coordination between the FBI and the New York Police Department damaged the investigation of an Afghan immigrant charged with plotting a bomb attack in New York City. A criminal complaint from the case suggests that police detectives might have inadvertently helped reveal the surveillance of Najibullah Zazi, 24, and compromised the investigation. Mueller disputed that in testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.