Three RoP Members Indicted
WASHINGTON - Three men have been indicted on charges they targeted for attack financial institutions in New York, New Jersey and Washington, federal law enforcement officials said Tuesday.
The three men, whom U.S. authorities have not yet identified, already are in custody in England. They had been picked up there last year in a separate investigation that yielded evidence they scouted the New York Stock Exchange and Citicorp Building in New York, the Prudential Building in Newark, N.J., and the International Monetary Fund in Washington, said two officials who discussed the case at this sensitive juncture only on grounds they not be publicly identified. The indictments are under court seal, they noted. …
Dhiran Barot, 32, was charged there with possessing reconnaissance plans for the U.S. institutions and notebooks containing information on explosives, poisons, chemicals and related matters “of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.”
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.
Nadeem Tarmohammed, 26, was charged at that time, along with Barot, with possessing plans of the Prudential building. Qaisar Shaffi, 25, also was charged at the time with possessing an extract from the “Terrorist’s Handbook” on the preparation of chemicals, explosive recipes and other information.