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Terror suspect names possible targets in US

Hamid Hayat told FBI agents he was awaiting orders to strike buildings in LA and San Francisco after he returned to the US in 2005.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 08:57 IST

Hospitals, supermarkets and other large buildings in California were among the possible terrorist targets of a man charged with attending an Al-Qaeda training camp in Pakistan, according to a videotaped interview played for jurors.

Hamid Hayat told FBI agents he was awaiting orders to strike buildings in Los Angeles and perhaps San Francisco after he returned to the US in 2005.

He said the targets might include "big buildings, like finance buildings, banks, stores." When asked to be specific, Hayat, 23, told the agent he meant food stores.

"Why would you hit a food store?" the agent asks on the videotape which was played in court on Tuesday.

"I think just to hurt people," Hayat responded.

The roughly 10 hours of interrogation were videotaped last June and seemed to support the government's allegations that Hayat attended the camp in 2003, returned to the US to carry out attacks and then lied to the FBI.

He faces up to 39 years in prison if convicted of three counts of making false statements and providing material support to terrorists.

Hayat, however, contradicted himself throughout the FBI questioning and at times struggled to explain his involvement in the camp.

That could help his defence lawyers, who claim he is prone to exaggeration and never actually underwent terrorist training.

First Published: Feb 22, 2006 08:57 IST