A plot by Al Qaeda to blow up a sports stadium was foiled when a British-based courier was arrested.
The man was held in Chicago as he prepared to board a flight for England carrying cash to buy explosives.
The money, ultimately bound for ÂPakistan, was intercepted after an Âelaborate sting by FBI agents who had penetrated the terror cell. Last week taxi driver Raja Lahrasib Khan, 56, a naturalised US citizen of Pakistani Âorigin, was charged with financing Âterror.
He had handed the cash to his unwitting son, who lives in England, to take on a London-bound flight.
Khan originally intended to fly to England with the money himself before heading for Pakistan and handing it to terrorist leader Ilyas Kashmiri, who receives orders from Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden at his base in the tribal areas of western Pakistan.
But he never realised the $1,000 (Â£672) had been handed to him by an undercover FBI agent, who last week told a court how Khan had claimed he could blow up an unnamed sports arena.
FBI agents who arrested Khan’s son last Tuesday discovered he was carrying seven of the ten $100 bills the undercover agent had given to Khan.
Last Friday Khan was ordered to be held in custody after the US District Court in Chicago heard how he told the undercover agent that remote controlled bombs could be placed in a packed stadium and then: “Boom, boom, boom.” Khan’s son, who has not been named, was Âunaware that he was being used as a terrorist courier and has not been detained.