Feds: Canadian Linked To Subway Bomb Plot

By Jonathan Dienst and Shimon Prokupecz
|  Tuesday, Mar 15, 2011  |  Updated 3:15 PM EDT
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Feds: Canadian Linked To Subway Bomb Plot

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A Canadian man has been linked to the terror plot that envisioned blowing up New York City subways with backpack bombs, federal prosecutors said.

Ferid "Yousef" Imam has been indicted on charges he helped train overseas with several of the suspects linked to the September 2009 terror plot, also known as the "Zazi plot."

Najibullah Zazi has pleaded guilty to charges he planned to set off backpack bombs on the trains.  Officials had also charged two Queens associates in connection with the case -- Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay.  Also charged was reputed al-Qaeda leader Adnan Shukrijumah.

Prosecutors said Imam received "military-type training ... on behalf of a foreign terrorist organization."  The indictment does not say if Imam ever traveled to New York in connection with the plot.

Imam is also wanted in Canada on separate terror-related charges.

In all, eight alleged al-Qaeda members and associates have been charged in connection with the subway plot.

In addition to Zazi, Ahmedzay pleaded guilty. Medunjanin has denied wrongdoing and plans to go to trial.

He was arrested after allegedly crashing his car on purpose as he was being tailed by the FBI -- screaming to a 911 operator "We love death more than you love life."

Others already charged include Abid Naseer, Tariq Ur Rehman and an unnamed associate known only as "Zahid," according to the court papers.

Zazi's father and a Queens imam were arrested separately on charges of lying to the FBI about Zazi's travels and involvement in the plot.

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