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Accused NYC Bomber Zazi's Uncle Charged In Plot

Najibullah Zazi's uncle was charged for allegedly aiding a plot to explode bombs in New York.

Najibullah Zazi. ( AP Photo)

First Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Najibullah Zazi, Colorado cab driver and Afghan immigrant, and charged him with plotting to explode bombs as part of what authorities allege were planned terrorist attacks in New York City.

Then they charged and arrested his father. The latest is that they've arrested his uncle Naquib Jaji, charging him with being part of the alleged plot to blow up targets in New York City.

According to an Associated Press report:

NEW YORK - The uncle of a Colorado airport driver charged with plotting to attack New York City with homemade bombs has been indicted in a widening terror probe, two law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

The officials told The Associated Press that Naqib Jaji was arraigned on a single felony charge in a sealed proceeding in Brooklyn two weeks ago. The charge wasn't specified.

The officials spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

The FBI and U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn refused to discuss the case. Jaji's lawyer also declined to comment.

Jaji, 38, is the uncle of Najibullah Zazi, who was charged in September with plotting to attack New York City with homemade bombs. Zazi stayed at his uncle's suburban Denver home for several months last year.

Zazi bought beauty supplies in Colorado to make peroxide-based bombs, prosecutors have said. He tried to mix explosives in a hotel room in early September, then drove to New York to carry out an attack, possibly on the transit system, authorities said.