At least one accomplice — he may have had more. So many Misunderstanders of Islam! Why is the Muslim community worldwide such an abysmal failure at communicating the peaceful nature of its religion to its own people? “A federal law enforcement official said there are multiple investigations of radical Muslims who are believed to have received training or direction from Pakistan-based terrorist groups in order to carry out attacks here.” “Alleged DC Terror Plotter Had At Least One Associate,” from IPT News, October 28:
Farooque Ahmed, the man arrested Wednesday in connection with a plot to attack the Washington, D.C., subway system, had at least one associate who remains at large, an FBI agent indicated in an affidavit released Thursday.
Ahmed, a native of Pakistan who is now a U.S. citizen, first came to the FBI’s attention in January when Ahmed and an unnamed associate “were inquiring about making contact with a terrorist organization in order to participate in jihad by traveling overseas to fight coalition forces in Afghanistan and/or Pakistan,” FBI agent Charles Davoub said in the affidavit.
That unknown associate also traveled with Ahmed in July as he rode on the Washington Metro in northern Virginia to scout sites for a potential terrorist attack, Davoud wrote. “FBI agents later observed them returning to the Arlington Cemetery Metrorail station and boarding a train,” Davoud’s affidavit says.
Ahmed, the document says, believed he was working with operatives of al-Qaida, the terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The arrest of Ahmed, 34, comes as federal and international law enforcement officials are tracking what they consider signs of increased terrorist activity. IPT News reported Thursday that a federal law enforcement official said there are multiple investigations of radical Muslims who are believed to have received training or direction from Pakistan-based terrorist groups in order to carry out attacks here.
Davoub’s affidavit does not specify how the FBI learned Ahmed and his associate were inquiring about contacting a terrorist organization in order to fight overseas. Once the FBI learned of Ahmed’s interest, however, agents contacted him in April and told him he could “meet an individual that Ahmed believed to be a representative of a terrorist organization at a hotel near the Washington-Dulles International Airport on April 18, 2010.”
The FBI affidavit also says an unnamed operative passed a Qu’ran with coded messages in it to Ahmed.
Desecration! Cue riots in Pakistan!
Beyond scouting a series of northern Virginia Metro stops frequently used by military personnel for potential attacks, he was also casing an unnamed Washington hotel for another attack, the affidavit says. Ahmed said the Arlington Cemetery, Courthouse and Pentagon City subway stops and the hotel were “good targets that contained many people.”…