Terror Plot Figure Made Notes On Bombmaking


The central figure in a widening inquiry into a possible plot to detonate explosives in the U.S. had been trained in weapons and explosives in Pakistan and had made nine pages of handwritten notes on how to make and handle bombs, the New York Times reports. Court papers released after the arrests in Colorado of Najibullah Zazi and his father, as well as that of an imam in New York City, showed that during a search of the younger Zazi's rental car on Sept. 11, agents found a laptop computer containing an image of the notes.

“It is important to note that we have no specific information regarding the timing, location, or target of any planned attack,” said David Kris, assistant attorney general for national security. Veteran counterterrorism officials are convinced the plot was potentially serious, based largely on their emerging suspicions about Zazi, his training in explosives, his travel to Pakistan tribal areas where Al Qaeda is influential, and the apparent ease of his movements within the U.S.

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