FBI arrests 2 in NYC terror investigation
Two men were arrested on Friday in the investigation of a bomb plot targeting New York City that previously led to charges against a Colorado airport driver.world Updated: Jan 08, 2010 20:25 IST
Two men were arrested on Friday in the investigation of a bomb plot targeting New York City that previously led to charges against a Colorado airport driver.
The arrests in New York of Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay were part of "an ongoing investigation" by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, according to Special Agent Richard Kolko, who declined to comment further.
There were no immediate details on the charges against the men, according to Kolko and Robert Nardoza, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn.
Nardoza said the men were expected to appear in court later Friday.
Medunjanin's attorney said the FBI seized his client's passport on Thursday. Robert C Gottlieb said the search warrant indicated the passport was sought as part of an investigation into a conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.
The airport driver, Najibullah Zazi, previously pleaded not guilty to that charge. He is accused of getting al-Qaida training to build homemade bombs to attack New York City.
Gottlieb said he was not officially notified that Medunjanin had been arrested after being treated for minor injuries from a traffic accident.
"As of 1 am, law enforcement, both federal and state, was refusing to confirm that they had him in custody," said Gottlieb, who insists that Medunjanin has done nothing wrong. "They intentionally hid him from his lawyer and his family." The name of Ahmedzay's attorney was not immediately on record. Medunjanin, a Bosnian immigrant, and Ahmedzay, a US citizen, were both questioned by investigators last year, Medunjanin's lawyer and Ahmedzay's brother told the AP in October.