Three Muslims Indicted in Finance Center Attack Plot

Three Muslim men were indicted this afternoon for plots against major financial targets in the United States.

3 Indicted in Plot Against Finance Centers (AP)

Three men have been indicted on charges they plotted to attack financial institutions in New York, New Jersey and Washington. A four-count indictment unsealed Tuesday accuses Dhiran Barot, Nadeem Tarmohammed and Qaisar Shaffi of scouting the New York Stock Exchange and Citicorp Building in New York, the Prudential Building in Newark, N.J., and the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in the District of Columbia.

The three men, already in custody in England, were charged with three conspiracy counts and providing material support to terrorists. “They are indicted here and whether or not they actually ever are extradicted here I guess is a matter of discussion,” said New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. “But I think it’s important, both substantively and symbolically important, that you come here, you do this type of surveillance, we’re not going to forget.”

U.S. officials claim that Barot is a senior al-Qaida figure, known variously as Abu Eisa al-Hindi, Abu Musa al-Hindi and Issa al-Britani, who scouted prominent financial targets in the United States at the behest of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Interesting.

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