Jul 19, 2006 5:05 pm US/Mountain
TERROR SUSPECTS INDICTED
(AP) ATLANTA Two men already
accused of discussing terror targets with Islamic extremists were indicted Wednesday on charges of undergoing paramilitary
training in northwest Georgia and plotting a "violent jihad" against civilian
and government targets, including an air base in suburban Atlanta.
The new indictment accuses Syed Ahmed, a 21-year-old Georgia Tech student who was arrested in March, and Ehsanul Islam
Sadequee, 19, of traveling to Washington to film possible targets, including the U.S. Capitol
and the headquarters of the World Bank, and sharing the recordings with another alleged terrorist based in Great Britain.
Both men are U.S. citizens who grew up in Atlanta area. They previously were accused of traveling to Canada last year to meet with
Islamic extremists to discuss "strategic locations in the United States suitable for a terrorist strike," including military
bases and oil refineries, according to prosecutors.
U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias called Wednesday's indictment "another
important step in this significant terrorism investigation," but stressed that it does not allege that the two "posed an imminent
threat to the United States."
was born in Pakistan; Sadequee was born in Virginia and is of Bangladeshi descent. The new indictment says their motivation for planning
attacks was "defense of Muslims or retaliation for acts committed against Muslims."
The indictment alleges that the
two men received paramilitary training at an undisclosed location in northwest Georgia
in late 2004 and early 2005, and discussed plans for various attacks, including one at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta.
also is accused of traveling to Pakistan in an unsuccessful attempt to
train with Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, or Army of the Righteous, an Islamic extremist group that has been active in India for several years. Two U.S.
officials have said last week's train bombings in Bombay matched
the methods the group has previously used.
Wednesday's indictment charges both men with providing and attempting to
provide material support to terrorists, attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and related
conspiracy counts. The Army of the Righteous is the foreign terrorist organization referred to in the indictment.
attorney for Ahmed, Jack Martin, and one for Sadequee, Douglas Morris, did not immediately return calls Wednesday seeking
Martin has said investigators used Ahmed's devotion to Islam to get him to talk and reneged on a promise not
to arrest him if he told the truth. A judge is considering a request by Martin to suppress statements Ahmed made to the FBI
or force the government to abide by the alleged agreement not to prosecute him.
An indictment unsealed in April charged
Ahmed with suspicion of giving material support of terrorism, and Sadequee with making materially false statements in connection
with an ongoing federal terrorism investigation. Prosecutors say the men met with at least three other targets of ongoing
FBI terrorism investigations last year during a trip to Canada.
FBI has said the men may have had limited contact with some of 17 suspects arrested in Canada last month in an alleged plot
to bomb buildings in that country, but Nahmias on Wednesday declined to comment on whether Ahmed and Sadequee met up with
The U.S. attorney
also would not say whether the two had been in contact with any alleged al-Qaida operatives, or elaborate beyond what was
in the 13-page indictment, citing national security reasons.
Nahmias said he has requested Sadequee be returned to
Georgia from New York, where he has been
held since his extradition from Bangladesh,
where he was arrested. Nahmias declined to say where Ahmed was being held.