Officials: Al-Qaida man to be charged in New York plot

Authorities say Adnan Shukrijumah, who has evaded FBI capture for years, helped plan thwarted 2009 subway attack


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Matt ApuzzoTom Hays
July 7, 2010 8:48PM (UTC)

Federal prosecutors are expected to announce terrorism charges against an al-Qaida leader with ties to last year's thwarted plot to bomb the New York City subway system.

Law enforcement officials say Adnan Shukrijumah (ahd-NAHN' el SHOOK'-ree joohm-HAH') will be named in an indictment in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday.

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Shukrijumah has eluded the FBI for years and remains at large. He is among the top candidates to be al-Qaida's next head of external operations, the man in charge of planning attacks worldwide.

Authorities believe Shukrijumah met with a would-be suicide bomber in a plot that Attorney General Eric Holder called one of the most dangerous since 9/11.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the case.

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Associated Press writer Tom Hays contributed from New York.


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