Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Canadian police issue arrest warrants for Al-Qaeda members Maiwand Yar and Ferid Ahmed Imam involved in 2009 NYC subway bomb plot directed by Adnan el Shukrijumah.

WINNIPEG (BNO NEWS) -- Canadian police have issued arrests warrants for two former residents of Winnipeg who allegedly planned to join insurgents in Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said the arrest warrants for Maiwand Yar and Ferid Ahmed Imam are the result of a four-year national security criminal investigation known as Project Darken. They allegedly conspired to travel to Pakistan for terrorist training with plans to eventually join the insurgency against NATO troops in Afghanistan.

"These warrants are the result of a lengthy and thorough national security criminal investigation involving key partners throughout Canada and the U.S.," said Assistant Commissioner Bill Robinson, Commanding Officer of the RCMP's 'D' Division. "We are deeply committed to our efforts aimed at countering terrorism. This investigation targets criminal activity and not specific communities or groups."

Ferid Ahmed Imam, age 30, is being sought on charges of instructing to carry out terrorist activity and conspiracy to participate in activity of a terrorist group. Maiwand Yar, age 27, is being sought on charges of conspiracy to participate in activity of a terrorist group and participation in activity of a terrorist group, MORE FROM THIS SOURCE...

On Tuesday, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn alleged that Mr. Imam aided and abetted the terrorism training of Najibullah Zazi and two other men, who traveled to Pakistan in 2008. Mr. Zazi, an Afghan native who worked as an airport-shuttle driver in Colorado, pleaded guilty last year along with Zarein Ahmedzay in a failed scheme to carry out suicide bombings on Manhattan subway lines.

"As today's charges demonstrate, we will not rest in our pursuit of those responsible for plotting terrorist attacks," U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement.  Mr. Imam, who is also known as "Yousef," has been charged by U.S. authorities with conspiracy, providing material support to al Qaeda and other charges. He faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted.

Last year, U.S. prosecutors said the plot to detonate homemade explosives in the subway was directed by three senior members of al Qaeda, including Adnan el Shukrijumah, one of the U.S.'s most wanted terrorists. U.S. authorities said the plot was part of a broader scheme to use Western operatives to attack a target in the U.K.

The U.S. has been searching for Mr. Shukrijumah, a Saudi Arabia native, for several years and is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture.  Mr. Zazi pleaded guilty to conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and other charges in February 2010. Mr. Ahmedzay, a former Queens cab driver, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and providing material support to al Qaeda in April 2010, MORE FROM THIS SOURCE...

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