2 plead not guilty in NY subway bomb plot case
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Last Updated: Friday, February 26, 2010, 00:33
New York: Two high school classmates of admitted terrorist plotter Najibullah Zazi pleaded not guilty today in a foiled plot to bomb New York City subways in the days after the eighth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Zarein Ahmedzay and Adis Medunjanin, both 25, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and providing material support to the al-Qaida terrorist network.

Ahmedzay and Medunjanin, who is a Bosnian immigrant, appeared in Brooklyn federal court later today morning. The two went to high school with Zazi in New York.

Zazi, an Afghan immigrant and former Colorado air shuttle driver who aroused authorities' attention when he drove cross-country from Denver to New York last fall, pleaded guilty to similar charges this week.

Authorities have told The Associated Press he is cooperating with investigators.

"The facts alleged in this indictment shed further light on the scope of this attempted attack and underscore the importance of using every tool we have available to both disrupt plots against our nation and hold suspected terrorists accountable," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

"This attack would have been deadly."

Medunjanin and Ahmedzay, who authorities say travelled to Pakistan with Zazi in 2008 had already faced charges in the alleged plot to set off homemade bombs on Manhattan subway lines.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, February 26, 2010, 00:33

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