D.C Metro Plotter Had Awlaki Hizb ut-Tahrir Materials
by IPT News • Nov 9, 2010 at 2:22 pm
Federal agents who searched the home, car, work space and bank accounts of Farooque Ahmed, a Pakistan-born U.S. citizen accused of plotting to bomb the Washington subway, found several laptop computers, six cell phones and the books and CDs featuring terrorist leader Anwar al-Awlaki, search records released Tuesday show.
Ahmed, 34, was arrested Oct. 27 and accused of plotting to blow up Washington Metro stops and a Washington, D.C. hotel frequented by members of the military. Ahmed, of Ashburn, Va., was indicted on charges of attempting to provide material support for a terrorist organization, collecting information to assist in an attack on public transportation and attempting to provide material support for the bombings.
In Ahmed’s home, agents reported they found six cell phones from at least four different carriers, .22 caliber and .44 caliber ammunition, a double-barreled shotgun, two laptop computers and literature for the radical group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Agents also searched safe deposit boxes from two northern Virginia banks and four bank accounts at three separate banks in the area.
Ahmed first came to the attention of federal agents in January, after someone in the local Muslim community told officials that Ahmed was trying to go overseas to train and fight U.S. forces in either Afghanistan or Pakistan.