September 24, 2009
AG Holder said “any imminent threat arising from this case has been disrupted…we remind the American public to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.”
Najibullah Zazi, the 24-year-old airport shuttle driver from Denver, Colorado who officials say was the ringleader of an alleged terror plot against New York City, was charged with conspiracy to use explosive bombs Thursday morning – the latest indication that authorities still believe the alleged attack plan was “the real deal.”
The one-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury alleges that Zazi “conspired with others to use explosive devices against persons or property in the United States,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.
Zazi and his father Mohammad are in Colorado court this morning for a detention hearing. Mohammad Zazi, charged with lying to federal agents, is expected to be released today. The government is asking that his travel be restricted to Colorado and that he be fitted with an electronic monitoring bracelet.