NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Two more men were arrested early on Friday in connection with the case of an Afghan-born man who has pleaded not guilty to plotting a bombing attack in the United States, the FBI said.
Adis Medunjanin, 25, and Zarein Ahmedzay, 24, were arrested in New York City as part of the investigation of Najibullah Zazi, an FBI spokesman said.
The New York Times reported they are suspected of traveling with Zazi in 2008 to Peshawar, Pakistan, where prosecutors allege Zazi received al Qaeda training on how to make bombs. They had both been under surveillance as part of the investigation of Zazi, who was arrested in September, the Times said. Both attended high schools with Zazi in the New York City borough of Queens, it said.
The arrest of Medunjanin and Ahmedzay came after Medunjanin got into a car accident and tried to flee the scene on foot, said Richard Kolko, an FBI spokesman. He was arrested after being taken to the hospital, Kolko said.
Zazi, 24, was indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. A former coffee vendor from New York who had moved to Colorado, Zazi is suspected of attempting to create and detonate a bomb in New York City on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Zazi’s father and a New York imam have also been arrested in the case, accused of lying to federal authorities.