Pakistan case nearly cost US terror suspect limbs

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 21:02

Raleigh: An American faced stern punishment after being convicted of robbing a bank in Pakistan: Losing a hand and foot.
Daniel Patrick Boyd avoided the sentence when his
conviction was overturned. Two decades later, the 39-year-old
is accused of organising a group in the US with international
terrorist aspirations, and he faces life in prison if

Prosecutors say Boyd`s time in Pakistan also included
terrorist training that he brought back to North Carolina,
where over the past three years he allegedly recruited
followers willing to die as martyrs waging jihad, an Arabic
word that means the struggle to do good and commonly used by
extremists to mean holy war.

Seven members of the group, including Boyd and two
adult sons, were arrested yesterday and charged with providing
material support to terrorism and "conspiracy to murder,
kidnap, maim and injure persons abroad."

Prosecutors would not detail what the group was
allegedly targeting overseas. An indictment said they provided
money, training, transportation and men to help terrorists.

Boyd and some of the others traveled to Israel in June 2007
intending to wage "violent jihad", but returned home without
success, the document said.

Boyd lived at an unassuming lakeside home in a rural
area south of Raleigh, where he and his family operated a
drywall business.

Jim Stephenson, a neighbor in Willow Spring, said he
often saw the Boyd family walking their dog. The indictment
shocked neighbours.

"We never saw anything to give any clues that
something like that could be going on in their family,"
Stephenson said.

Authorities believe Boyd`s alleged roots in terrorism
run deep. They said when he was in Pakistan and Afghanistan
from 1989 through 1992, he had military-style training in
terrorist camps and fought the Soviets, who were occupying

It is unclear when he and his family returned to the
US, but in March 2006, Boyd traveled to Gaza and attempted to
introduce his son to individuals who also believed that
violent jihad was a personal religious obligation, the
indictment said.

Two of his sons, Zakariya Boyd, 20, and Dylan Boyd,
22, were named in the indictment. Another son, Luqman, died
two years ago in a car accident. The document did not say
which son Boyd allegedly took to Gaza.

The others charged are Anes Subasic (33), Mohammad
Omar Aly Hassan (22), and Ziyad Yaghi (21). Hysen Sherifi
(24), a native of Kosovo and a US legal permanent resident was
also charged in the case. He was the only person arrested who
was not a US citizen.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 21:02

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