January 25, 2010
Anna Christopher, NPR
UNCOVERS DETAILS OF TIME SPENT AS STUDENT IN LONDON,
INCLUDING CONNECTION TO TWO SUSPECTED TERRORISTS
REPORT FROM NPR'S DINA TEMPLE-RASTON AIRING TODAY
ON MORNING EDITION; TEXT AND AUDIO AT NPR.ORG
The report is airing today on Morning Edition; a web story and full audio are available at: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122868637 Temple-Raston's report is part of an ongoing NPR News Investigation into Abdulmatallab's life leading up to his alleged terrorism attempt last month.
Reporting from London, Temple-Raston says security officials have learned that Abdulmatallab had contact with two suspected terrorists while he was a student at the prestigious University College London. The first, Waheed Zaman, is thought to be part of a group accused of planning a major attack on passenger flights bound for the U.S. and Canada in 2006 - their plan is the reason why liquids are limited to 3 oz. on planes. Officials tell NPR that Abdulmatallab was also in contact with a second possible terrorist, arrested two years ago in a plot to kidnap and behead at British Muslim soldier.
Temple-Raston reports that while the extent of these relationships are unknown, security officials say the connections are meaningful because they may shed light on when Abdulmatallab was transformed from radical student to potential terrorist. Her complete report is at: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122868637
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