October 28, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Farooque Ahmed, 34, of Ashburn, Virginia, was charged with trying to help people posing as al-Qaeda operatives planning to launch simultaneous bomb attacks on railway stations around Washington DC.
The public was never in danger because FBI agents were aware of Ahmed’s activities and monitored him throughout, the agency said. And the people that Ahmed thought were al-Qaeda operatives were actually individuals who “worked on behalf of the government in this matter,” according to a federal law enforcement official who requested anonymity.
The arrest appeared to have all the hallmarks of a sting operation, but the FBI refused to confirm this.