Feds Have Up to 12 Suspects in NYC Bomb Plot

Qaeda link could lead to material support charges for Zazi
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2009 10:05 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Investigators have linked up to 12 others to the alleged bomb plot that led to the arrest of Najibullah Zazi, his father, and an informant Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reports. While details of the investigation and the plot are sketchy—an assistant AG says “no specific information regarding the timing, location, or target of any planned attack” is known—insiders say charges against Zazi are forthcoming.

In addition to the false statement allegations that landed Zazi and the others in jail, officials say the 24-year-old’s recent trip to an al-Qaeda camp in Pakistan will bring charges of material support for terrorism. Authorities say the case against other unnamed suspects was built with electronic surveillance, which is also cited in the arrest of the informant, Ahmad Wais Afzali. His lawyer calls the probe a “bootstrap case created by the government to cover up their own failings.”