Zazi Planned to Attack Grand Central, Times Square Subways

Chilling details emerge in plot to bomb MTA
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2010 11:48 AM CDT
Zazi Planned to Attack Grand Central, Times Square Subways
Najibullah Zazi arrives at the offices of the FBI in Denver for questioning on in this Sept. 17, 2009 file photo.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

Would-be bomber Nazibullah Zazi and his accomplices planned to blow themselves up in the middle of New York's busiest subway lines, federal investigators have learned. As another terrorist allegedly connected to the plot to attack the MTA was arrested in Pakistan, a fuller picture of their plans is emerging, the New York Daily News reports. From the Grand Central and Times Square subway stations, Zazi and two other men wearing explosive vests intended to board the 1, 2, 3, and 6 trains at rush hour on Sept. 14, 15, or 16.

They planned to detonate their explosives in the middle of the train to ensure maximum casualties. Zazi and his friends were recruited by al-Qaeda for the bombing mission during a 2008 trip to Pakistan. The New York native has been cooperating with police since his arrest last year.
(More Najibullah Zazi stories.)

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