Press Esc to close
Tuesday 21 April 2015
News updated at 10:30 AM IST
Weather
Max: 33.4°C
Min : 21.6°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Pak trained al-Qaeda operative sentenced to life imprisonment

New York, Nov 17, 2012, PTI:

An al-Qaeda operative, who on the direction of the terror group’s leaders in Pakistan conspired to bomb the city’s subway systems, Times Square and New York Stock Exchange in one of the most serious plots since the 9/11 attacks, has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Queens resident Adis Medunjanin, 34 and his accomplices came within days of executing a plot to conduct coordinated suicide bombings in the New York City subway system in September 2009, as directed by senior al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan, US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch said.

He also discussed with his co-conspirators possible target locations in Manhattan, including the subway system, Grand Central Terminal, the New York Stock Exchange, Times Square and movie theaters. Assistant Attorney General for National Security Lisa Monaco termed Medunjanin’s plot as “one of the most serious terrorist plots against the US homeland since 9/11”.

Lynch said when Medunjanin’s terror plot was foiled, he attempted to commit a terrorist attack by crashing his car on a New York expressway to kill himself and others. Medunjanin was sentenced to life imprisonment for multiple federal terrorism offenses here on Friday.

“Medunjanin sought martyrdom for himself and death for innocent New Yorkers as part of al Qaeda’s plan to spread terror within our shores. Instead, he will now spend the rest of his life where he belongs, behind bars,” Lynch said.

According to the government’s evidence at trial, Medunjanin and his co-plotters Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay travelled to Afghanistan in 2008 to join the Taliban and kill US military personnel abroad.

They arrived in Pakistan in late August 2008 but Medunjanin and Ahmedzay were turned back at the Afghanistan border. Within days, Medunjanin, Zazi, and Ahmedzay met with an al Qaeda facilitator in Peshawar and agreed to travel to Waziristan for terrorist training.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Minister U T Khader and MLA Vasanth Bangera stopping Minister B Ramanath Rai who got angry on ...

Minister U T Khader and MLA Vasanth Bangera stopping Minister B Ramanath Rai who got angry on ...

Yuvraj Singh of Delhi Daredevils plays a shot during their IPL match against Kolkata Knight Rider...

Yuvraj Singh of Delhi Daredevils plays a shot during their IPL match against Kolkata Knight Rider...

Police force at a large number being deployed for Left Front activists 'March to Lalbazar Kolkata...

Police force at a large number being deployed for Left Front activists 'March to Lalbazar Kolkata...

Kolkata Knight Riders players celebrate the wicket of J P Duminy (C) of Delhi Daredevils during ...

Kolkata Knight Riders players celebrate the wicket of J P Duminy (C) of Delhi Daredevils during ...

Traditional elephant fights, elephant races, tug of war and dances mark this festival which coincide

Traditional elephant fights, elephant races, tug of war and dances mark this festival which coincide

Villagers struggle to get drinking water from an almost dried well near Tansa dam, in Shahapur ...

Villagers struggle to get drinking water from an almost dried well near Tansa dam, in Shahapur ...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Dr. Ambedkar International

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Dr. Ambedkar International

Narendra Modi talking with BJP veteran LK Advani during 'Garib Kalyan Yojana',...

Narendra Modi talking with BJP veteran LK Advani during 'Garib Kalyan Yojana',...

A view of the Kedarnath Shrine before it reopens on April 24 for general public...

A view of the Kedarnath Shrine before it reopens on April 24 for general public...

Snowed down surroundings of Kedarnath Shrine before it reopens on April 24 for general public...

Snowed down surroundings of Kedarnath Shrine before it reopens on April 24 for general public...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523