[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.
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