Farooque Ahmed (Urdu: فاروق احمد; born 1976) is a Pakistani American from Ashburn, Virginia who was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for allegedly plotting to bomb Washington Metro stations at Arlington cemetery, Pentagon City, Crystal City and Court House. He was charged with attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization, collecting information to assist in planning a terrorist attack on a transit facility, and attempting to provide material support to help carry out multiple bombings. On April 11, 2011 he was sentenced to 23 years in prison after pleading guilty.
Ahmed was born in Pakistan and is a naturalized US citizen. He was born in Lahore and became a US citizen in 2002. He has lived in the US since 1993. He holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the College of Staten Island and worked as a network design contractor for Ericsson. He was enrolled in an online degree in risk management from Aspen University. He is married and has a son. He has a history of several speeding violations and credit problems. At his initial court appearance he claimed that he could not afford a lawyer.
According to the White House press secretary, Barack Obama was made aware of Ahmed's activities prior to his arrest. Ahmed was arrested early on October 27, 2010. He was accused of scouting the Metrorail station in Arlington County, Virginia and recording video of the station on 4 different occasions. In July he handed over the footage to an individual who he believed to be an operative of Al-Qaeda. According to the indictment he told undercover agents that an attack would cause most casualties between 4 pm and 5 pm and suggested placing the bombs in rolling suitcases. The plan of attack began as early as April 18, 2010, according to officials. He told undercover agents that he would be ready to conduct jihad against America in January 2011 after completing Hajj in November 2010. At the time of his arrest it did not appear that Ahmed had received any militant training overseas from Al-Qaeda or its associates. He told operatives that he was willing to martyr himself and had taught himself martial arts, use of firearms and knife and gun tactics, skills he offered to teach others.
On April 11, 2011 Ahmed was sentenced to 23 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and collecting information to assist in planning a terrorist attack on a transit facility. As a part of a plea bargain the prosecutors dropped one of the charges and Ahmed who had faced up to 50 years in prison agreed to a 23 year sentence.
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