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Ilyas Kashmiri’s terror recruit caught

Another Chicago-based Pakistani-American has been arrested on terrorism charges, this time for apparently providing material support to the Al-Qaeda, reports Anirudh Bhattacharyya.

world Updated: Mar 27, 2010 23:10 IST
Anirudh Bhattacharyya

Another Chicago-based Pakistani-American has been arrested on terrorism charges, this time for apparently providing material support to the Al Qaeda.

The man, Raja Lahrasib Khan, was arrested on Friday by the Chicago FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Khan claimed to have close links to Pakistan-based terrorist mastermind Ilyas Kashmiri and according to the criminal complaint filed against him, the funds may well have also been intended for carrying out attacks in Kashmir.

Ilyas Kashmiri had already been charged in January this year in the terrorism indictment against David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Rana.

According to a US Department of Justice release, Khan may allegedly also have discussed bombing a stadium in the US in August though “there was no imminent domestic danger”.

He apparently knew Kashmiri, who he called Lala, for nearly 15 years. Kashmiri was the commander of the Harkat-ul-Jihad-I-Islami or HUJI, a group that has traditionally focused on attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.

Khan was under the FBI’s surveillance during the last couple of years.

In June 2008, US agents first encountered Khan at the O’Hare Airport in Chicago and discovered notations about possible donations to him.