Former sailor arrested on terror charges

March 9, 2007 at 8:29 AM

PHOENIX, March 9 (UPI) -- A former sailor in the U.S. Navy has been arrested in Phoenix and charged with supporting terrorism with the intent to kill U.S. citizens.

Federal prosecutors say Hassan Abujihaad, who was charged Wednesday, exchanged e-mail messages, while serving on a U.S. Navy destroyer in 2001, with the administrator of a Web site that supports terrorist causes, The New York Times reported Friday.

Abujihaad is accused of contacting the man to purchase DVDs promoting the cause of Muslim separatists in Chechnya in Russia and other regions and in 2001 sharing information about his ship's whereabouts and vulnerabilities.

Abujihaad, who is scheduled for transfer to Connecticut, was arrested as part of an investigation into an alleged terrorist network operating out of Britain, the Times said.

The arrest stems from e-mail records discovered in the possession of the Web site operator, Babar Ahmad, who was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2004 for organizing the purchase of possible terrorist tools. He is scheduled to be extradited from Britain.

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