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Terror Suspect Researched NYC Sites

Saturday, 19 Sep 2009 09:36 PM

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Terror suspect Najibullah Zazi researched New York City sports stadiums and venues used for fashion shows, according to evidence seized from his computer.

ABC News reported Saturday that law enforcement officials are not sure if those sites were intended as possible terrorism targets by Zazi, who is under investigation in a terrorism probe in New York and Colorado.

Zazi, who loves in Denver, initially denied any links to terrorism or al-Qaida. He was supposed to meet with the FBI on Saturday for a fourth day of questioning, but did not. He was arrested late Saturday.

Excerpts from the ABC News report:

"After first denying any ties to al-Qaida, Zazi has now admitted certain ties developed during trips to Pakistan, law enforcement officials told ABCNews.com. The officials said text messages sent by Zazi suggest the plot was nearing the attack phase. One message said the "wedding cake is ready," which authorities say may have been code to indicate the attack was ready. Al-Qaida operatives have frequently used references to weddings to disguise planned terror attacks. ...

"Zazi's computer was copied, or 'mirrored,' by FBI agents last weekend without Zazi's knowledge. His lawyer said the agents probably made the copy after towing away Zazi's car on an purported parking violation. The computer was in the car, and Zazi told his lawyer he discovered it had been tampered with when he retrieved the car at a police lot.

"Authorities who have been briefed on elements of the alleged plot said it was a 'varsity level' plan similar in scope to the 2005 attacks on London's subways and buses.

"A recipe for homemade explosives found on Zazi's computer would have produced a bomb of the same size and type used in London, authorities said."

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