US: Vietnamese charged with supporting al Qaeda

US Attorney for Southern District of New York Preet Bharara said Minh Quang Pham was committed to killing Americans both in the US and abroad.

Last Updated: Jun 30, 2012, 11:26 AM IST

New York: US authorities here have indicted a Vietnamese man on charges of supporting Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and receiving military training from the terror group in Yemen.

Minh Quang Pham, 29, was indicted in Manhattan federal court on five counts charging him with conspiracy to provide material support to and receive military-type training from a foreign terrorist organisation and possession of firearms.

US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara said Pham was committed to killing Americans both in the US and abroad.

According to the indictment in court, Pham travelled from the UK to Yemen in December 2010. He obtained training from the terror group and helped it to prepare online propaganda, working alongside two US citizens.

Pham returned to the United Kingdom from Yemen in 2011 and was arrested yesterday.

Prior to his arrest, Pham was held by British authorities in immigration custody. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.

PTI