Pakistani man arrested on U.S. terrorism charges

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 02, 2011 3:44 PM
Pakistani man arrested on U.S. terrorism charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Pakistani-born man living in northern Virginia was charged with trying to help a militant group in his home country, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and making false statements to authorities, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday.

Jubair Ahmad, 24, was accused of providing material support to the group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, "a designated foreign terrorist organization, and making false statements in a terrorism investigation." the complaint said.

Lashkar-e-Taiba was designated in 2001 by the United States as a foreign terrorist organization.

He was accused of posting in September 2010 on YouTube a propaganda video backing LeT, an anti-Indian militant group with historically close ties to Pakistan's top spy agencies.

Jubair communicated with the son of an LeT leader about making the video, which included images of the leader, "jihadi martyrs and armored trucks exploding after having been hit by improvised explosive devices," prosecutors said.

When confronted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents last month with the video, he falsely denied seeing it previously, according to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint.

The group has been accused of being behind the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, including six Americans.

Jubair received religious training from LeT as a teenager in Pakistan and later attended LeT's basic training camp, according to an affidavit filed in federal court in Virginia.

He entered the United States in 2007 along with other family members, and in 2009 the FBI launched an investigation after receiving information Jubair might be associated with LeT, prosecutors said.

(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky and Jerry Norton; Editing by Greg McCune)