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24-Sep-2009  
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An airport shuttle bus driver in the US has been charged with conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction.

Afghan-born Najibullah Zazi, 24, was charged by the New York Grand Jury with plotting to use one or more explosive devices on US territory.

Mr Zazi was detained last Saturday along with his father and another man, but all three denied any involvement.

Investigators have told the media that bomb-making instructions were found in Mr Zazi's house in Denver, Colorado.

In a statement, the US Department of Justice said Mr Zazi had "knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to use one or more weapons of mass destruction, specifically explosive bombs and other similar explosive devices, against persons or property within the United States".

Attorney General Eric Holder said investigators were examining "a wide range of leads" and would "continue to work around the clock to ensure that anyone involved is brought to justice".

He said that officials believed any "imminent threat" from the alleged plot had been disrupted.

Mr Zazi and his father were arrested in their home city of Denver while the third man, Ahmad Wais Afzali, 37, was arrested in Queens, New York, where he is an imam at a mosque.

A legal resident of the US since 1999, Mr Zazi is alleged to have received explosives and weapons training at an al-Qaeda camp in Pakistan last year.

But in a recent telephone interview with the Denver Post newspaper Mr Zazi denied the allegations and said he had nothing to hide.
 
 
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