US teen charged in `Jihad Jane` terror plot
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Last Updated: Friday, October 21, 2011, 00:09
  
Philadelphia: A Maryland teenager has been indicted on federal terrorism charges that accuse him of helping the American terror suspect dubbed "Jihad Jane" with her plot to kill a Swedish artist.

Mohammad Hassan Khalid, a legal immigrant from Pakistan who turned 18 this month, allegedly helped recruit women with passports to further the plot of Colleen LaRose of Pennsylvania and others.

The indictment released today also names Ali Charaf Damache, 46, an Algerian who lived in Ireland and married another suspect in the case, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez of Colorado. Paulin-Ramirez pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorists, the same charge now facing Khalid.

Khalid had been the rare juvenile in federal custody since his July 6 arrest at his family's home. He was an honors student at his public high school who had been offered a full scholarship to Johns Hopkins University this fall. He has been held in Berks County.

"This case demonstrates that we must remain vigilant within our communities to make sure that we bring to justice those terrorists, of any age or background, who seek to do great harm to our citizens," US Attorney Zane Memeger said in a statement.

The teen's lawyer, Jeffrey M Lindy, did not immediately return a call for comment.

Khalid met LaRose in an online chat room in 2009, when he was 15, according to the indictment and a person close to his family.

PTI


First Published: Friday, October 21, 2011, 00:09


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