Ex-US sailor arrested on terror charge

Zee News – Ex-US sailor arrested on terror charge

New York, Mar 08: A former US Navy sailor has been arrested for allegedly providing material support to terrorists and passing on classified information to an al-Qaeda related website about a Navy battle group.

Hassan Abujihaad, former Paul R. Hall, allegedly passed on the secret information, which included details of vulnerabilities of US vessels and their susceptibility to small boats, during spring of 2001 just months after USS Cole was attacked in Yemen. The suicide bomb attack had left a huge hole in the hull of the ship and killed 17 people.

Abujihaad was arrested yesterday in the western state of Arizona and charged with espionage and providing material support to terrorists who planned to kill US citizens.

He will be tried in Connecticut state and if convicted, 31-year-old could be sentenced to 25 years in prison.

The investigators allege that he is an associate of Derrick Shareef who had planned to explode a grenade at a shopping mall outside Chicago during the holiday season in last December. He was arrested in an FBI sting operation when he exchanged stereo speakers with dud grenades.

Abujihaad arrest resulted from an investigation into the case of Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan who also face terrorism charges in the US. Federal prosecutors have said that from 1998 to 2002, the two operated web sites encouraging the donation of money or equipment to terrorists.

They were arrested in Britain where they are fighting their extradition to the US.

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