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Brits Helped Thwart NY Subway Attacks

Monday, 09 Nov 2009 01:45 PM

By Jim Meyers

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British spies helped prevent a bombing attack on the New York City subway by suspected al-Qaida operative Najibullah Zazi, according to a report in a British newspaper.

The plot was uncovered after Scotland Yard intercepted an e-mail sent to an address that was being monitored by British agents, The Telegraph reported.

Scotland Yard alerted the FBI, which launched an operation that led to the arrest of airport shuttle bus driver Zazi on Sept. 19. He was charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.

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Zazi, a 24-year-old Afghan who moved to the U.S. in 1999 and lived in Denver, Colo., is believed to have been given instructions over the Internet by an al-Qaida member in Pakistan. According to court documents, Zazi has attended a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.

The Telegraph reported that Zazi is alleged to have been a member of a group that used stolen credit cards to buy components for bombs. Those components were similar to chemicals used to make the explosives that killed 52 people in the London transit system in 2005.

A British security source told another British publication, The Sun, that American authorities "were delighted with the intelligence we gave them and believe it helped prevent a catastrophic attack."

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