Skip to comments.Zazi, Al Qaeda pals planned rush-hour attack on Grand Central, Times Square subway stations
Posted on 04/12/2010 9:28:47 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Chilling new details about the foiled Al Qaeda plot to blow up the city's busiest subways have emerged as a fourth suspect was quietly arrested in Pakistan, the Daily News has learned.
The unidentified man, who helped plan the plot, is expected to be extradited to the U.S. to betried in Brooklyn Federal Court with Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay of Flushing, Queens, sources said.
The cooperation of would-be lead bomber Najibullah Zazi has helped law enforcement officials piece together a fuller picture of the evil plan to kill innocent straphangers around the 9/11 anniversary last year.
Zazi and his two Queens friends allegedly planned to strap explosives to their bodies and split up, heading for the Grand Central and Times Square stations - the two busiest subway stations in New York City.
They would board trains on the 1, 2, 3 and 6 lines at rush hour and planned to position themselves in the middle of the packed trains to ensure the maximum carnage when they blew themselves up, sources said.
During Zazi's brief visit to Queens from his home in Denver last September, he rode the subway multiple times to the Grand Central and Wall St. stations, scouting where to best spread death and mayhem, the sources said.
Zazi has confessed that he, Medunjanin and Ahmedzay - all buddies from Flushing High School - traveled to Pakistan in August 2008 to fight with the Taliban against U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
There they were recruited by Al Qaeda for the .....
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So what...the “amish” “youts” have a monopoly on Grand Central and Times Square Violence......Al Queda better watchout for the “homeboys”.
“The cooperation of would-be lead bomber Najibullah Zazi has helped law enforcement officials piece together a fuller picture of the evil plan to kill...”
“Zazi and his two Queens friends allegedly planned to strap explosives to their bodies...”
Something’s missing from the picture. Why would this guy cooperate and provide information?
Well OK. As long as they stay away from Penn Station.
Because, once caught, these guys prove themselves to be a bunch of gutless sissies?
They want to show their brillant Plan.
Allah would like that.
Look for more of this from the homegrown and freelance jihadis. They are much more difficult to track and spot before they do their evil deeds.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
Mugger Steals Suicide Vest: turns into the police. “I may be a crack-head low life, but if everyone’s dead in Times Square, who’m I gonna mug?” said “Whole Wheat”. Would-be Suicide Bomber Zazi indignantly demanded return of his property as FBI agents carted him away. President Obama will later award the Congressional Medal of Honor to self-confessed crack-head, turnstile-jumping career mugger “Whole Wheat”. Said “Whole Wheat” when informed of the award, “Dang, I knew I was gonna score me some new bling when I jumped that mofo.”
Water Boarding is now out, so it must be they had their top interrogator give him purple wurples and noogies ‘til he sang.
My religion teaches me I am not supposed to hate anyone.
So I suppose I am sinning when I say this,
BUT I REALLY HATE THESE GUYS.
There. I said it. I don’t know what else I can do about it.
Thank you for the pings.
JIHAD WATCH.org (CNN): New York - "NYC JIHADIST PLANNED TO ATTACK TRAINS AT TIMES SQUARE AND GRAND CENTRAL STATION" (SNIPPET: "Prosecutors have said they plan one or two more arrests overseas. Zazi is scheduled for sentencing in June.") (April 12, 2010)
NY DAILY NEWS.com: "ZAZI, AL QAEDA PALS PLANNED RUSH-HOUR ATTACK ON GRAND CENTRAL, TIMES SQUARE SUBWAY STATION" (SNIPPET: "The attack was to take place on Sept. 14, 15 or 16 - as soon as the bombs had been assembled - with Sept. 14 the most likely date, sources said. Zazi acknowledged in court that the plan was aborted when he became aware that the FBI and the NYPD were on to him.") (April 12, 2010)
NY DAILY NEWS.com: "QUEENS IMAM GUILTY OF HELPING TERROR WANNABE ZAZI SAYS 'I've signed my own death sentence'" by John Marzulli (SNIPPET: "Ahmad Afzali") (March 4, 2010, 5:59 pm)
NewYork.FBI.gov - DOJ Press Release: Washington - "NAJIBULLAH ZAZI PLEASDS GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY TO USE EXPLOSIVES AGAINST PERSONS OR PROPERTY IN U.S., CONSPIRACY TO MURDER ABROAD, AND PROVIDING MATERIAL SUPPORT TO AL AQAEDA" (SNIPPET: "Among other things, Zazi admitted that he brought TATP [Triacetone Triperoxide] explosives to New York on Sept. 10, 2009, as part of plan to attack the New York subway system." SNIPPET:Al Qaeda personnel transported Zazi and others to the Waziristan region of Pakistan and trained them on several different kinds of weapons. During the training, al Qaeda leaders asked Zazi and others to return to the United States and conduct suicide operations. They agreed. Zazi later received additional training from al Qaeda on constructing the explosives for the planned attacks in the United States. Zazi had discussions with al Qaeda leaders about target locations, including subway trains in New York City. Zazi took detailed notes during the training, and later e-mailed a summary of the notes to himself so that he could access them when he returned to the United States. Zazi also provided money and computers to al Qaeda before he left Pakistan.") (February 22, 2010)
INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - For The Record - blog: "WOULD-BE NY BOMBER PLEADS GUILTY" (February 22, 2010)
NY DAILY NEWS.com: "SUSPECTED TERRORIST NAJIBULLAH ZAZI'S FATHER INDICTED FOR CONSPIRING TO DESTROY BOMB MATERIALS" by John Marzulli (SNIPPET: "...Mohammed Wali Zazi...") (February 1, 2010, 2:34 pm)
UPI.com: "TERROR SUSPECT'S UNCLE CHARGED, RELEASED" (SNIPPET: "...Naqib Jaji, 38, who lived in the New York borough of Queens for several years before moving to a Denver suburb...") (Published January 27, 2010, 3:37 pm)
NY POST.com: "QUEENS 'TERRORIST' SPILLED HIS GUTS: FEDS" by Janon Fisher (SNIPPET: "Adis Medunjanin, 24, "made clear to the agents that he desired to cooperate with the government, and provided very detailed information about terrorist-related activities," Assistant US Attorney Jeffrey Knox wrote in a letter to Brooklyn federal Judge Raymond Dearie.") (Posted January 23, 2010;Last updated January 25, 2010, 8:45 am)
NY DAILY NEWS.com: "HIGH SCHOOL FRIEND OF NAJIBULLAH ZAZI, ADIS MADUNJANIN, RECEIVED TRAINING AT AL QAEDA CAMP: FEDS" by John Marzulli (Updated January 19, 2010, 3:41 pm)
JIHAD WATCH.org (NEW YORK POST): "New York Jihadist crashes car, screams "We love death more than you love life!"" (SNIPPET: "Adis Medunjanin, 25, called 911 as he sped erratically away from federal agents through Queens streets at up to 90 mph. "We love death more than you love life!" he exclaimed in Arabic. Medunjanin also praised Allah moments before he rear-ended another vehicle, sources said.") (January 11, 2010)
NY DAILY NEWS.com: "QUEENS MAN ADIS MEDUNJANIN, LINKED TO ZAZI NYC TERROR BOMB PLOT, PLEADS NOT GUILTY" (Updated January 9, 2010, 5:07 pm)
NY DAILY NEWS.com: "ZAREIN AHMEDZAY PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO ZAZI TERROR PLOT, SECOND SUSPECT MEDUNJANIN 'NOT COOPERATING'" (Updated Friday January 8, 2010, 6:31 pm)
NewYork.FBI.gov - Press Release: "JOINT TERRORISM TASK FORCES ARRESTS TWO MEN" (SNIPPET: "...Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay...") (January 8, 2010)
NY1.com: "QUEENS IMAM INVOLVED IN TERROR INVESTIGATION GRANTED HOLIDAY TRAVEL" (SNIPPET: "Federal prosecutors reportedly did not oppose the request, but the office of pretrial services was concerned his electronic ankle monitoring bracelet would be out of range.") (November 20, 2009, 9:14 am)
NEWSDAY.com: "TERROR SUSPECT ZAZI SEEKS U.S. INTELLIGENCE FILES" by Anthony M. Destefano (November 18, 2009)
SUNDAY MERCURY.net: "BIRMINGHAM'S RASHID RAUF LINKED TO NEW U.S. TERROR PLOT" by Ben Goldby, Sunday Mercury News (SNIPPET: "The Birmingham-born extremist has been named by witnesses due to testify against Najibullah Zazi, who was arrested for plotting suicide bombings in New York. MI6 officers have linked the plot to a complex terror network said to be directed from Pakistan by Rauf and fellow jihadists. Zazi, 24, was identified through an intercepted communication, and was further implicated by US national Bryant Neal Vinas, who was captured in Pakistan last November. Vinas, 26, allegedly admits meeting Rauf and receiving training to blow up a train on the Long Island Rail Road inside New York's busy Pennsylvania Station.") (November 15, 2009)
ALL THINGS COUNTER TERRORISM - blog: "BRITS ORIGIN OF NAJIBULLAH ZAZI INTEL" by Leah Farrall (November 9, 2009)
THE SUN.co.uk - Exclusive - "BRIT SPIES FOIL 9/11 NEW YORK RAID NO. 2" by John Kay (November 9, 2009)
JIHAD WATCH.org (NY1 News): "NEW YORK IMAM PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO CHARGES IN JIHAD TERROR PLOT" (November 2, 2009)
NY DAILY NEWS.com: "NEW YORK TERROR PROBE CHARGES" by John Marzulli (SNIPPET: "Authorities say they intercepted a call from the imam, Ahma Wais Afzali, to Zazi in early September in which the cleric told Zazi an NYPD detective had come into a mosque asking questions about him. Authorities believe Zazi was conspiring with others to detonate home-made bombs in the New York City subway system.") (Updated November 2, 2009, 1:24 pm)
COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG.org: "NEFA FOUNDATION: 'TARGET AMERICA' - THE SEPTEMBER 2009 ARREST OF NAJIBULLAH ZAZI AND THE ONGOING INVESTIGATION INTO HIS TERROR PLOT" by Madeleine Gruen (October 25, 2009)
NY1.com: "QUEENS IMAM INDICTED ON FEDERAL CHARGES" by NY1 News (SNIPPET: "The Queens Imam suspected of tipping off an accused al-Qaida operative was indicted Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court. Ahmad Wais Afzali, 53, is charged with tipping off Najibullah Zazi that New York City police detectives were after him. Afzali is also accused of lying about it to federal agents.") (October 20, 2009, 11:19 pm)
Google.com (AP): Denver - "DECEMBER TRIAL DATE FOR DAD OF TERROR SUSPECT ZAZI" (SNIPPET: "...Mohammed Wali Zazi...") (October 20, 2009)
sitrep.GLOBAL SECURITY.org: "TRENDS IN TERROR PREP NET SURFING" -Posted by George Smith (October 18, 2009)
COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG.org: "NEFA FOUNDATION: RESOURCES ON AL-QAIDA'S MUSTAFA ABU AL-YAZID (a.k.a. "Shaykh Saeed")" by Evan Kohlmann (October 15, 2009)
Video (AP): "SOURCES: ZAZI HAD CONTACT WITH AL-QAIDA LEADERS" (October 15, 2009)
NY DAILY NEWS.com: "TERROR SUSPECT NAJIBULLAH ZAZI WAS IN TOUCH WITH AL QAEDA LEADER MUSTAFA AL-YAZID" by Helen Kennedy (Updated October 14, 2009, 4:29 pm)
NY DAILY NEWS.com (AP): "FEDS QUESTION 2 OTHERS IN ALLEGED NEW YORK CITY TERROR PLOT, NAJIBULLAH ZAZI'S FATHER PLEADS NOT GUILTY" (SNIPPET: "Adis Medunjanin, a 24-year-old Bosnian immigrant, met voluntarily with investigators for 14 hours, said Robert Gottlieb, a New York lawyer representing him. Zarein Ahmedzay, a 24-year-old New York City cab driver, also was interviewed by the FBI, said his brother, Nazir Ahmedzay.") (October 10, 2009, 10:26 AM)
Denver.FBI.gov - DOJ Press Release: Denver - "MOHAMMED ZAZI INDICTED FOR FALSE STATEMENT INVOLVING INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC TERRORISM" (SNIPPET: "Mohammed Zazi, age 53...") (October 8, 2009)
MEMRI.org - Special Dispatch No. 2578: "From the MEMRI TV Archives: CLIPS OF ISLAMIST INDIAN MUSLIM CLERIC DR. ZAKIR NAIK - THE INSPIRATION BEHIND U.S. TERROR SUSPECT NAJIBULLAH ZAZI" (October 5, 2009)
CNN.com: "SOURCES: SEVERAL WHO WENT TO PAKISTAN WITH ZAZI BACK IN U.S." (SNIPPET: "One of those under round-the-clock surveillance is Queens, New York, resident Naiz Khan.") (Updated October 4, 2009, 10:38 p.m. EDT)
IslamOnline.net: "Muslims Want FBI Surveillance Reviewed" (PHOTO CAPTION: "CAIR's call comes while the community is still troubled by the case of Najibullah Zazi, jailed over an alleged bombing plot. (Denver Post)) (October 1, 2009)
PAJAMAS MEDIA.com - blog: "NEW YORK CITY TERROR PLOT AND THE POST-9/11 CATCH 22" by Rusty Shackleford (September 20, 2009)
FOX NEWS.com (AP): New York - "REPORT: ACCOMPLICES IN NYC TERROR PLOT KNOWN" (September 28, 2009)
CTV.ca: 'U.S. TERROR SUSPECT VISITED FAMILY IN CANADA: REPORT" (SNIPPET: "The revelations come after U.S. authorities told a Denver court Friday that they were investigating reports that Zazi made several trips north of the border, where he may have tried to organize a terror cell in Canada.") (Updated September 26, 2009, 10:34 pm)
US DOJ.gov/opa - Press Release: "NAJIBULLAH ZAZI INDICTED FOR CONSPIRACY TO USE EXPLOSIVES AGAINST PERSONS OR PROPERTY IN THE UNITED STATES" (September 24, 2009)
JIHAD WATCH.org (ABC NEWS): "NEW YORK JIHAD SUSPECT 'PURCHASED UNUSUALLY LARGE QUANTITIES OF HYDROGEN PEROXIDE AND ACETONE FROM BEAUTY SUPPLY STORES IN THE DENVER METROPOLITAN AREA" (September 24, 2009)
MyDesert.com - DESERT SUN: Washington - "ENTERTAINMENT VENUES PUT ON TERROR WATCH" (SNIPPET: "...but no specific threat cited" SNIPPET: "Counterterrorism officials have issued security bulletins to police around the nation about terrorists' desire to attack stadiums, entertainment complexes and hotels...") (September 23, 3009)
JIHAD WATCH.org (NEW YORK TIMES, September 22, 2009): "HOW USING AN IMAM IN JIHAD TERROR INVESTIGATION BACKFIRED ON NYPD" (Posted September 23, 2009)
NY1.com: "NYPD: CITY KEPT SAFE AS TERROR INVESTIGATION WIDENS" (SNIPPET: "Officials reportedly say there may be 16 to 20 more suspects who are connected to the 24-year-old former Queens resident Najibullah Zazi.") (Updated September 22, 2009, 9:22 pm)
JIHAD WATCH.org (ABC News, September 21, 2009): "NEW YORK JIHAD PLOT: AUTHORITIES KNOW OF "THREE DISTINCT TEAMS OF FOUR MEN EACH"" (Posted September 22, 2009)
NY DAILY NEWS.com: "COPS, FEDS RANSACK QUEENS STORAGE SITES FOR QAEDA BOMB-MAKING MATERIALS" (SNIPPET: "The Department of Homeland Security at the same time has issued a nationwide bulletin asking cops to look at storage facilities.") (September 22, 2009, 4:00 am)FBI.gov: Washington - "THREE ARRESTED IN ONGOING TERROR INVESTIGATION" (SNIPPET: "The Justice Department today announced that two individuals in Colorado and one individual in New York have been arrested on charges of making false statements to federal agents in an ongoing terror investigation. FBI agents in Colorado arrested Najibullah Zazi, 24, a resident of Aurora, Colo., and legal permanent resident from Afghanistan, and his father Mohammed Wali Zazi, 53, a resident of Aurora and a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan. In addition, FBI agents in New York arrested Ahmad Wais Afzali, 37, a resident of Flushing, N.Y., and a legal permanent resident from Afghanistan.") (September 20, 2009)
INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "FROM THE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT AGAINST NAJIBULLAH ZAZI" (September 20, 2009)
Edition.CNN.com - Aurora, Colorado - "3 MEN IN TERROR PROBE CHARGED WITH MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS" (SNIPPET: "Federal agents were investigating several people in the United States, Pakistan and elsewhere in relation to a plot to detonate improvised explosive devices in the United States, officials said." SNIPPET: "Two sources familiar with the investigation said that Zazi had video of New York's Grand Central Terminal, a massive junction of rail and subway lines, as well as shops and restaurants, which see an average of more than a half million visitors per day.") (September 20, 2009)NY DAILY NEWS.com: "FEDS PROBE ALLEGED TERRORISTS WHO TRIED TO RENT GIANT TRUCK IN SUSPECTED AL QAEDA BOMB PLOT" (SNIPPET: "Attorney General Eric Holder said the probe had spread beyond Denver, home to the alleged terror cell, and New York City. "The FBI is working this case around the clock in both cities and in other parts of the country," he said.") (September 19, 2009)WCBSTV.com: "TARGET OF NY BOMB PLOT ADMITS TERRORIST TIES" by Marcia Kramer, New York (CBS) Reporting (SNIPPET: "The key parts of the conversation? The operative told Zazi what to say if stopped by police, and there is also a reference to a "wedding," which American agents believe is a code word for an attack. Sources said the formula for the explosive TATP was found in Zazi's computer when they seized his car, and with President Barack Obama coming to the UN next week, the FBI felt it needed to act.") (September 18, 2009, 1:42 am PDT)
THE DENVER CHANNEL.com: "ABC NEWS: ZAZI ADMITS AL-QAEDA TIES, MAY PLEAD GUILTY" (SNIPPET: "The official said Zazi had received explosives training and his possible guilty plea would be part of a deal to cooperate with the government." SNIPPET: "Law enforcement officials in New York told ABC News that they have questioned at least 12 men about their connections to Zazi who arrived in New York after a 1,777 mile drive from Denver in a rental car taken out in his father/s name." SNIPPET: "ABC News reported that authorities found 12 new backpacks and a laptop computer. Authorities told ABC News that the computer contained bomb making directions and an explosives recipe that would have produced homemade bombs of the same size and type used in the terror attacks on the London subways in July, 2005.") (Updated September 18, 2009, 1:03 pm MDT)NY DAILY NEWS.com: "A DOZEN ON CONSTANT WATCH INCLUDING NAJIBULLAH ZAZI IN FBI's TERRORIST PROBE" (SNIPPET: "Zazi had taken video with his cell phone camera inside and outside Grand Central Station." SNIPPET: "While the interrogators focused on Zazi, authorities expanded their attention to include more potential suspects in a plot that raised concerns about the city's subway system. When the probe began this week, five Colorado men cited as members of the cell were under a round-the-clock watch. By yesterday, police sources said, that number had risen to as many as 12. A half-dozen were reportedly in New York, where Zazi arrived for a visit last week.") (September 18, 2009, 4:00 am)
FreeRepublic.com - Discussion Forum (BNO via TWITTER.com): "FBI RAID QUEENS, NY HOME IN TERROR INVESTIGATION" (NOTE: Updates ongoing include New York and Colorado.) (September 14, 2009)
That is, if they didn't get mugged first.