- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 9, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Pakistani-born U.S. citizen has pleaded not guilty to charges that he attempted to help al Qaeda bomb the Washington Metro transit system.

Thirty-four-year-old Farooque Ahmed was arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court. He requested a jury trial, which was scheduled for April 11.

Ahmed was arrested last month after being targeted in a federal sting operation. Authorities say he plotted with people he thought were al Qaeda members to conduct bombings at D.C. Metrorail stations.

The people he allegedly believed were al Qaeda members were actually undercover law enforcement operatives.

Court documents released Tuesday show that authorities seized a pistol, a shotgun and two rifles from Ahmed’s Ashburn home as well as a CD recording of a lecture from radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.


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