A Canadian fugitive has been accused of helping three Queens men receive terror training, leading them to conspire to bomb the city’s subways in 2009, the Feds said yesterday.
Ferid Imam, 30, was named in an indictment unsealed yesterday in Brooklyn Federal Court that said he provided support to al-Qaeda. Canada also filed arrest warrants yesterday for Imam and another suspected terrorist, Maiwand Yar. They haven’t been seen since 2007 and are thought to be in Pakistan.
The three New Yorkers — Zarein Ahmedzay, Adis Medunjanin and Najibullah Zazi — reportedly were Flushing High School classmates.
“The three men already charged with conspiring to set off bombs in New York were also charged with receiving overseas training to accomplish that nefarious goal. … Today’s charges are an important step in bringing to justice all the conspirators,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Janice Fedarcyk said in a statement.
The trio went to Pakistan in 2008, where Imam helped instruct them in “military-type training” from al-Qaeda, U.S. prosecutors said. Their plot to blow up New Yorkers around the eighth anniversary of Sept. 11, however, was uncovered by law enforcement.
Ahmedzay and Zazi pleaded guilty to the terrorism charges last year, but Medunjanin is expected to fight them. Imam faces up to life in prison if convicted.