September 18th, 2009
10:00 PM ET

Suspect in terror probe admits ties to al Qaeda, official says

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/09/18/terror.raid/art.zazi.gi.jpg caption="A lawyer for Najibullah Zazi disputed claims that bomb-making plans were found on his client's computer. "]


Najibullah Zazi, the man at the center of a probe into a suspected terror plot against a target in the New York area, has admitted ties to al Qaeda, an administration official familiar with the matter told CNN Friday.

Either a plea deal or charges are possible, the official said.

The terror plot that came to light this week following raids in New York may have been targeting a major transportation center, sources close to the investigation told CNN on Thursday.

There was planning and preparation for an attack, presumably in the New York area, where there would be a large number of people and where security screening is lax such as a large railroad or subway station, essentially where there is no airport-style screening, the sources said.

Filed under: al Qaeda • Terrorism
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  1. Nichoel, Austin, TX

    this is very disconcerting.

    September 19, 2009 at 7:19 am |
  2. Susan

    Sadly, I believe that the United States has many more individuals like this, some home grown, who belong to terrorist cells. These people are intent on destroying everything our founding fathers built this country on. They will not be satisfied until the radical Muslim factions rule the world. I live close to the Canadian border, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and there are many terrorist cells there. Rassam, who was caught at the ferry dock in Washington in 1999 was intent on destroyng the LAX airport and all who were in the vicinity. The only thing the American people can do is to be vigilant and report suspicious behavior. The United States needs to look at developing a security force like Israel has and to deal with terrorists harshly.

    September 19, 2009 at 1:15 am |
  3. Kim

    Support our troops in Afghan !

    September 19, 2009 at 12:45 am |