En pakistaner med amerikansk statsborgerskap, Farooque Ahmed (34) planla å bombe undergrunnstogene rundt Pentagon slik at flest mulig sivile skulle bli drept. Men han visste ikke at de han leverte materialet til ikke var Al Qaida, med undercover FBI-agenter. Ahmed ble arrestert onsdag.
A naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan was arrested Wednesday morning after he allegedly spent the last six months casing crowded Metro subway stations around the Pentagon in a plot «to kill as many military personnel as possible» by placing explosive devices on the trains and detonating them at the height of the evening rush hour, according to a federal indictment.
Farooque Ahmed, a 34-year-old resident of Ashburn, Va., in the far Washington suburbs, allegedly was trying to stage a series of coordinated bombings on the trains on behalf of Al Qaeda terrorists whom he did not realize were actually FBI undercover operatives.
According to the indictment unsealed Wednesday, Ahmed repeatedly surveilled commuter traffic at several subway stations leading into and out of the Pentagon in Virginia and then reported his findings to the undercover operatives.
So detailed was his surveillance that Ahmed told them that bombings between 4 and 5 p.m. would «cause the most casualties» and that the bombs should be brought aboard the trains on «rolling suitcases.»
Would-be terrorist snared by FBI, indictment says
Farooque Ahmed, now under arrest, observed subway stations around the Pentagon for six months and delivered information to agents posing as Al Qaeda members, officials say.