Terrorism

Feds Charge Alleged al Qaeda Plotters

Federal prosecutors Wednesday charged five people in the U.S. and the U.K. as suspected al Qaeda plotters, and Justice Department officials said the men were planning attacks in New York and the U.K. Prosecutors said the men used similar code words, and used the phrase “planning a wedding” to indicate an attack. One suspect, Abid Naseer, has been in and out of British courts for more than a year, after an immigration official found he was an al Qaeda operative, but did not deport him to Pakistan because he would be tortured there. Also arrested were Adnan El Shukrijumah, Adis Medunjanin, Tariq Ur Rehman, and a fifth defendant known as "Ahmad," "Sohaib," or "Zahid.” Police said Medunjanin was already in custody for plotting to bomb the New York City subways.