Pakistani National Plots Bombings in Nation’s Capital


April 15, 2011

The focus of an FBI investigation pled guilty to charges stemming from his assistance in what he thought was an al Qaeda plot to bomb Metrorail stations in the Washington, D.C. area.


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Mollie Halpern: The focus of an FBI investigation pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his assistance in what he thought was an al Qaeda plot to bomb Metrorail stations in the Washington, D.C. area.

Special Agent: He definitely was really intent on becoming a martyr for al Qaeda. His objective was really to kill as many Americans, especially military personnel, as he could.

Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern of the FBI and this is “Gotcha”, the FBI’s closed case of the week. A special agent from the Bureau’s Washington Field Office says the Pakistani-born Virginian, Farooque Ahmed, conducted surveillance on Metro stations.

Special Agent: He also made diagrams of where to best place the bombs on these stations to kill the most amount of people.

Halpern: The FBI’s number one priority is to protect the United States from terrorist attacks.

Special Agent: As an intelligence agency and as a law enforcement service, to be able to arrest him, prevent that plot from even getting off the ground, I think shows really where our priorities are in protecting the country.

Halpern: Ahmed was sentenced this month to 23 years in prison with 50 years of supervised release.

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