April 12th, 2010
11:30 AM ET

Details emerge in New York subway terror plot

New details emerged Monday about how three men allegedly planned to bomb subway trains in New York around the anniversary of 9-11 last year.

Najibullah Zazi and his two co-defendants had selected specific subway stations - two of the busiest in Manhattan - and planned to inflict maximum casualties on subway trains, a federal law enforcement source said.

Zazi and the two other suspects planned to attack trains at Times Square and Grand Central stations, the source said. Wearing homemade bombs, they plotted to position themselves in the middle of busy subway cars in order to kill the most people, likely targeting the 1, 2, 3, or 6 line trains, the source said.

Zazi has cooperated with authorities since his arrest, providing information about the plot. The law enforcement source said Zazi would probably have chosen September 14 for the attack, but was also considering the 15th or 16th.

Zazi's co-defendants Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay are indicted in the plot and have pleaded not guilty.

All three men went to the same high school in Flushing, Queens.

The plot was foiled when the FBI began following Zazi and police stopped him on a bridge into New York. Zazi said that prompted him to dump his bomb materials and return to Denver where he was working as a shuttle driver.

Prosecutors have said they plan one or two more arrests overseas.

Zazi is scheduled for sentencing in June.

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  1. strangways

    okay, I've just about had it with "Arab Rage". Has America made mistakes overseas? Absolutely and while we've killed a number of civilians in Iraq, we didn't set out to do so – it happened by mistake or in the heat of war. I've ridden those trains myself and know a bomb there would do horrific damage. We have got to find a solution to this – and start with the Madrasses and governments that support them – which pound anti-western hate into kids starting very young. Saudi Arabia is guilty of financing a lot of this – if they're our "ally", this has to stop right now. Ditto Pakistan. Time to nut up, Obama – this is a wakeup call...

    April 12, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. desert voice

    We should not paint whole Islam as responsible. There is room for every religion under the sun. These people may be Islamic, but they aren't Islam. What is needed is education, the global raising of conscience that these acts are criminal, not "Islamic, or Christian, or Jewish." Like in Christianity and Judaism, there are good people and bad people. And so in Islam. We all have an obligation to prevent evil from happening, without tarnishing the good people! I guess, one way to look at it is through the eyes of the Gospel, which in 1 Cor 5, 12-13 says that the bad apples ought to be isolated from the global community, not the communities themselves!

    April 12, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Patrick

    The Muslim-American and Arab-American communities must be held accountable for Najibullah Zazi and his co-conspirators. Muslim-Americans are advocates of genocide. America free of Muslims would be America free of terror.

    April 12, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |