NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A man arrested in a U.S. terror probe was indicted on a charge of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday.
Najibullah Zazi, 24, of Aurora, Colo., a legal, permanent U.S. resident from Afghanistan, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of New York on a charge of conspiracy to use WMDs against persons or property in the United States, the Justice Department said in a release.
Zazi, his father, Mohammed Wali Zazi, 53; and imam Ahmad Wais Afzali, 37, were all arrested during the weekend, charged with making false statements during a terrorism investigation. The Justice Department said prosecutors would ask that the false statement charge against the younger Zazi be dismissed and that he be transferred from Colorado to New York to be arraigned on the conspiracy charge.
"The indictment alleges that Najibullah Zazi conspired with others to use explosive devices against persons or property in the United States," Attorney General Eric Holder said. "We are investigating a wide range of leads related to this alleged conspiracy, and we will continue to work around the clock to ensure that anyone involved is brought to justice."
In its detention memo filed with federal courts in New York and Colorado, prosecutors said Zazi was trained in bomb-making in Pakistan and went to New York earlier this month "in furtherance of his criminal plans."
The memo said Zazi was "committed to detonating an explosive device" up until his arrest Sept. 19, demonstrated by his travel overseas to receive bomb-making instructions, Internet-based research on the components for making explosive devices, and buying the materials necessary to produce a bomb."