A 30-year-old Moroccan has been indicted in New York on charges that he helped the al-Qaeda network plot terror attacks.
Abdeladim El-Kebir was charged with conspiring to provide material support, including personnel, training, lethal substances and explosives, to al-Qaeda.
A federal grand jury in Brooklyn returned an indictment against El-Kebir, who was arrested by German law enforcement officials on April 29, 2011, and is currently in custody there.
El-Kebir was living in Germany illegally after having lived in the country on a student visa.
If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Moroccan native El-Kebir and two other men arrested in Germany were making a bomb on al-Qaeda's order that could be used in a crowded place.
According to authorities, El Kebir received training in an al-Qaeda camp near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border after which he returned to Germany to carry out the attack.