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Canadian Charged in New York Subway Plot

Posted: March 17, 2011

A Canadian man believed to have been involved in the 2009 plot to bomb the New York City subway system faces terror charges in the U.S. and Canada.


Ferid Ahmed Imam, 30, allegedly helped Najibullah Zazi, Zarein Ahmedzay and Adis Medunjanin travel to Pakistan for explosives and other training by Al Qaeda, according to an unsealed indictment filed in the Eastern District of New York.


Zazi and Ahmedzaym, who identified Imam as a trainer, pleaded guilty to plotting to attack New York City subways in 2010. Medunjanin pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trail. The three men attended Flushing High School in Queens before traveling to Pakistan in 2008.


Imam, a former student at the University of Manitoba, is charged with providing material support and receiving military-type training from Al Qaeda. Federal prosecutors allege that in 2008 Imam helped train the Queens men in Pakistan in advance of their plot to detonate bombs on subway trains on the eighth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.


In addition to the charges unsealed in New York, Canadian officials announced that terror conspiracy charges had been filed in Canada against Imam. His current location is unknown.


Another Canadian, Maiwand Yar, 27, has been charged with conspiracy to participate in activity of a terrorist group and participation in the activity of terrorism. Yar is also a former student at the University of Manitoba.


Arrest warrants in Canada for Yar and Imam are the result of a four-year investigation known as Project Darken. Imam and Yar, both former Winnipeg residents, initially went to Pakistan in March 2007 to participate as insurgents in the war in Afghanistan, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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