London man faces terror charges in U.S.

Oct. 6, 2004 at 6:57 PM

NEW BRIDGEPORT, Conn., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A federal grand jury in Bridgeport, Conn., Wednesday indicted Babar Ahmad of London with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

Ahmad was arrested Aug. 5 by British law enforcement in London on a U.S. arrest warrant and criminal complaint. A U.S. extradition request has been transmitted to British authorities.

The indictment against Ahmad alleges, among other things, that from at least 1997 through and until August 2004, he conspired to provide material support and resources to people engaged in acts of terrorism in Afghanistan, Chechnya and elsewhere.

The indictment alleges Ahmad provided -- through Web sites, e-mail accounts, and other means -- expert advice and assistance, communications equipment, military items, lodging, training, false documentation, transportation, funding, personnel and other support designed to assist the Chechen mujahideen, the Taliban and associated groups.

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