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Two Men Arrested in New York Bomb Plot Investigation

VOA News 08 January 2010

U.S. federal authorities have arrested two men as part of the investigation into an alleged bomb plot targeting New York City.

FBI officials say Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay were arrested early Friday in New York City by the bureau's Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Investigators allege the two men are linked to a Colorado man, Afghan-born Najibullah Zazi, who was arrested last year and charged with conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction. He has pleaded not guilty.

There are no details on the charges against the two men, but they are expected to make an initial court appearance in New York later Friday

When Zazi was arrested in September, investigators said they knew the identities of at least three of his associates, but they did not release information about them.

Medunjanin, a Bosnian immigrant, was reportedly arrested after he crashed his car while being followed by FBI agents. Ahmedzay is a taxi driver.

The New York Times reports the two men and Zazi - who are all in their 20s - attended the same high school in the New York City area.

Prosecutors have accused Zazi of conspiring to use homemade bombs against unspecified targets in the United States. Law enforcement officials have said the plot may have involved New York City's mass transit system.

They allege Zazi spent more than a year plotting the attack with co-conspirators and that he received bomb-making instructions in Pakistan in 2008. The U.S. government also says he bought components to build improvised explosive devices and traveled to New York City on September 10, 2009, to move forward with his plans.

Zazi's father was also arrested in September and charged with lying to federal officials.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.



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