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U.S. Terror: Suspect Indicted For Conspiracy to Use Weapons of Mass Destruction.

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(CNN) - A Colorado man arrested in a U.S. terror probe has been indicted on a charge of conspiracy "to use weapons of mass destruction" against persons or property in the United States, the Justice Department said Thursday.

A federal grand jury in the Eastern District of New York returned a one-count indictment Wednesday against Najibullah Zazi, 24, a resident of Aurora, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.

The department said FBI agents in Colorado arrested Zazi Saturday in a criminal complaint that said he "knowingly and willfully" made false statements to the FBI involving international and domestic terrorism.

In addition, others arrested included Zazi's father -- 53-year-old Mohammed Wali Zazi, also from suburban Denver, and Ahmad Wais Afzali, a 37-year-old Muslim cleric and funeral director from Queens in New York. 

All three -- arrested late Saturday in what the Justice Department has said was a plot to detonate bombs in the United States -- had been charged with lying to federal agents during the probe of the alleged plot.

Originally from Afghanistan, Mohammed Wali Zazi is a naturalized U.S. citizen and Afzali and Najibullah Zazi are permanent legal residents.

 

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