Man Accused of Metro Bomb Plot in Court

Monday, Apr 11, 2011  |  Updated 7:03 AM EDT
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Man Accused of Metro Bomb Plot in Court

Art Lien

Sketch of Farooque Ahmed appearing in U.S. District Judge John F. Anderson's courtroom.

A northern Virginia man charged with joining what he thought was an al-Qaida plot to bomb the Washington region's Metrorail system is expected to enter a guilty plea in federal court.

Farooque Ahmed, of Ashburn, Va., is a naturalized citizen from Pakistan.

He is scheduled to appear Monday at U.S. District Court in Alexandria for a change of plea hearing.

The exact charges to which Ahmed will plead are unclear. He was initially charged with conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaida and collecting information for a terrorist attack on a transit facility.

Authorities say Ahmed plotted with people who turned out to be part of a six-month government sting. He allegedly took video of northern Virginia subway stations and made suggestions to inflict the highest number of casualties.

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