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Oct 28, 2010 11:16 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere

FBI Learned of Subway Terror Suspect in January

WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI learned last January that a
Pakistani-born man arrested in the DC subway-bomb sting was trying to make contact with terrorist groups to help him participate in jihad against U.S. forces overseas.
FBI agent Charles A. Davoub said in an affidavit unsealed Thursday that Farooque Ahmed, 34, of Ashburn, Va., and an unnamed associate hoped to fight in Afghanistan or Pakistan early next year.
Davoub also said the FBI subsequently learned that Ahmed either bought, or tried to buy, weapons in May 2008 and February 2009 and is believed to have used firearms to train for his goal of traveling to Afghanistan to kill Americans.
Ahmed was arrested Wednesday and accused of casing
Washington-area subway stations in what he thought was an al-Qaida plot to bomb and kill commuters. Davoub said Ahmed, a naturalized citizen, has lived in this country since 1993.
The bombing plot was a ruse begun in mid-April, the FBI said, but Ahmed readily handed over video of northern Virginia subway stations, suggested using rolling suitcases rather than backpacks to kill as many people as possible and offered to donate money to al-Qaida's cause overseas.
Davoub's 17-page affidavit, submitted to support a search warrant application, details several meetings between Ahmed and individuals he believed were al-Qaida operatives. The people posing as al-Qaida members were really working for the government, according to a federal law enforcement official.
Ahmed was lured by an e-mail to the first meeting detailed, on April 18, in the lobby of a hotel near Washington-Dulles International Airport, Davoub wrote. As the FBI secretly videotaped the encounter, Ahmed accepted a Koran that contained "documents providing code words for locations to be use for future meeting," the affidavit said.
Ahmed told a purported al-Qaida operative he had come to the meeting because "he wanted to fight and kill Americans in Afghanistan," Davoub wrote.
According to Davoub, Ahmed said he was willing to be a martyr and hoped to participate in jihad in Afghanistan or Pakistan in January, 2011. But first he wanted to attend the Hajj, a religious pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
"Ahmed told both Operative-1 and Operative-2 he was attending Hajj this year and that they should all go in order to complete the five pillars of Islam before making the 'top mark' - by which I believe Ahmed mean 'becoming a martyr'," Dayoub wrote.

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