A Queens man tied to a suspected al Qaeda-trained terrorist may have been trying to kill himself when he crashed his car into the back of another at the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, law enforcement sources said.
Bosnian-born US citizen Adis Medunjanin, 25, called 911 as he sped erratically away from federal agents through Queens streets at up to 90 mph.
“We love death more than you love life!” he exclaimed in Arabic. Medunjanin also praised Allah moments before he rear-ended another vehicle, sources said. Police are investigating the bizarre crash as a possible suicide attempt by the frantic Medunjanin, in the wake of a federal raid on his Queens home.
Medunjanin, 24, a recent graduate of Queens College, and Zarein Ahmedzay, 25, had been under intense surveillance in their homes since September when their former Flushing HS classmate Najibullah Zazi (all 3 went to "Terror High in Flushing") was arrested on suspicion of plotting a new 9/11-style attack in New York.
The latest twist in the case began Thursday afternoon, when neighbors said seven federal agents showed up at Medunjanin’s two-bedroom co-op where he lives with his parents. “They wanted his passport to document his travels,” a law enforcement source said of the raid by the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force.
About an hour after the feds confiscated the passport and left, the Bosnian-born Medunjanin got into his car and was tailed by agents. He accelerated to get away from them until the crash. Then he fled on foot until he was chased down by members of the task force and hospitalized for minor injuries, police said.
He initially was charged only with fleeing the scene of an accident, but later Adis Medunjanin, 25 was charged with providing material support to terrorism when arraigned in Brooklyn federal court. His lawyer, Robert Gottlieb, fumed about a lack of information. Medunjanin, also known as "Mohammed," was arrested by FBI agents on Friday, along with taxi driver Zarein Ahmedzay. Both are alleged associates of Najibullah Zazi, a Denver airport shuttle driver indicted last year for planning a bombing spree around the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Anti-terror experts called the Zazi case one of the most serious threats since the 9/11 attacks. They said Zazi took bomb-making classes from al Qaeda, then returned to the United States to buy beauty supplies in a Denver suburb to make peroxide-based explosives.
Prosecutors said he tried to mix (TATP) explosives in a hotel room in early September, then drove to New York to carry out an attack, possibly on the transit system, they said, more from this source...............
Did Adis Medunjanin, 25, visit Mississauga Ont. terror central in Canada with Najibullah Zazi ?
Najibullah Zazi and his Queens Al-Qaeda Cell Plotted 9 Backpack Bombs Intended For The NY Subway System And Elsewhere To Kill “As Many People As Possible”. The terror plot unearthed after raids on three Queens homes involved operatives detonating nine explosives-laden backpacks to kill “as many people as possible.” “They were going to blow up several places simultaneously and take out as many people as possible — a large number of people,” a federal law-enforcement official said.
Private Investigator Bill Warner Quoted in Canadian Press Article on U.S. Terrorist Najibullah Zazi Trips to Mississauga Ont. Terror Central in Canada. Ottawa keeps mum on U.S. terror suspect’s reported Canadian connection. By Sunny Freeman, THE CANADIAN PRESS, cp.org, Updated: September 26, 2009 4:53 PM
TORONTO – Officials on both sides of the border erected a wall of silence Saturday over word that an Afghan immigrant arrested on terrorism-related charges in the United States made at least two trips to Mississauga Canada.
The reference to Najibullah Zazi’s trips to Canada was almost made in passing Friday by U.S. prosecutor Tim Neff during a Denver court hearing. Zazi is accused of plotting to use weapons of mass destruction to attack commuter trains in New York City to coincide with the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. A private investigator in the U.S., who touts himself as a specialist in tracking down suspected terrorists, as well as suspected philanderers, said the potential Mississauga connection is a “red-flag.” “That’s terrorist central in Canada,” said Bill Warner, a private investigator who boasts he has worked with the FBI on cases involving terrorism.
“If he was in that city, that’s one of the key spots in Canada for these terror connections and they link back into Atlanta, Chicago, Toledo,” Warner said. The FBI wouldn’t confirm Warner’s credentials, saying it could not reveal who the agency works with as a matter of policy.
Over the summer, he and three associates went from one beauty-supply store to another in a Denver suburb buying chemicals to make explosives like those that killed dozens of people in transit bombings in London and Madrid, investigators said. (With files from The Associated Press). more from this source……………