New Yorker Was 'Ready to Deliver Suicide Bomb'

His terrorist handler told him he needed more religious instruction
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 24, 2009 1:53 AM CDT
Pakistanis of Waziristan along the Afghanistan border meet to discuss a security forces crackdown against Taliban militants and al-Qaida activists in the area.   (AP Photo/ Ijaz Muhammad)
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(Newser) – A Queens man who pleaded guilty to aiding al-Qaeda was ready and willing to deliver a suicide bomb for the terrorist organization, he revealed to investigators. His handlers told 26-year-old Bryant Neal Vinas, however, that he needed more "religious" training before he could carry out such a mission, he told officials in Belgium, where he is being held. He gave al-Qaeda information on the New York transit system and the Long Island Railroad.

Vinas, who was busted in Pakistan, has admitted involvement in an attack on a US military base in Afghanistan, and is expected to provide key testimony in Europe against his cronies, reports CNN. He has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder US citizens and to receiving military training from a foreign terror organization.