Alleged al-Qaida operative extradited in subway bomb plot
An alleged al-Qaida operative accused of participating in a plot to attack New York City's subways and targets in Europe in 2009 was extradited from Britain Thursday to face terrorism charges in federal court in Brooklyn.
Abid Naseer, 26, a Pakistani man who had been living in Britain, is expected to make his first U.S. court appearance Monday, officials said.
He was charged in 2010 with providing and conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaida in an indictment that also accused others of plotting to bomb New York's subways.
Three former classmates from Flushing have been convicted of trying to carry out the subway plot after meeting with al-Qaida leaders in Pakistan in 2008. Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay pleaded guilty and are cooperating with the government. Adis Medunjanin was convicted in 2012.
Prosecutors have alleged that Naseer was part of a similar planned attack in Britain set in motion by the same al-Qaida leaders, reported to the same handler as Zazi and used the same code words in email messages.
That plot, allegedly planned for April 2009, was broken up by arrests in Britain. But Naseer was never prosecuted in Britain for his alleged role.
The subway plot in the United States was thwarted by the FBI in September 2009. A third related plot, authorities say, had been planned for Denmark.
Naseer has been in custody in Britain since 2010 on a warrant from the United States, but has been resisting extradition by arguing that the United States may end up deporting him to Pakistan, where he might face torture.