Monday, March 29, 2010

Chicago cab driver indicted – also planned August 2010 attack against U.S. large sports stadium

A federal indictment charging Raja Lahradib KHAN, a Chicago Muslim cab driver with two counts of providing material support to al Qaeda was unsealed Friday. The indictment also exposed a plan to bomb a “large sports stadium” in the U.S.” in August.

KHAN was born in Pakistan and immigrated to the United States in the late 1970’s. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1988, taking a job as a cab driver in Chicago. Federal authorities became aware of KHAN in 2008, and his 15-year relationship with Pakistani al Qaeda terrorist Ilyas KASHMIRI.

In September 2009, international news media reported that Kashmiri had been killed in a drone attack in Pakistan. In October 2009, according to an article posted on the Asia Times Online, KASHMIRI granted an interview to an Asia Times Online reporter purportedly to disprove the accounts of his death. According to the Asia Times Online article, KASHMIRI claimed that the 2008 Mumbai attacks were “nothing compared to what has already been planned for the future.”