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Zazi sings like a bird as new arrest made

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Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2010 12:00 am

It turns out the former Queens resident who wanted to kill as many New Yorkers as he could by bombing the subway system also likes to talk, according to published reports.

The cooperation of Najibullah Zazi, who attended Flushing High School as a teenager, has led to a new arrest in Pakistan and revealed details of the thwarted plot he and several associates planned to carry out last September.

Zazi and his co-conspirators, Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay, both of Flushing, planned to conduct suicide bombings in Times Square and Grand Central station, according to international media reports citing federal sources. The man just arrested in Pakistan, whose name was not released, allegedly helped plan the attack.

Zazi has already confessed that he, Medunjanin and Ahmedzay went to Afghanistan to fight on the side of the Taliban against U.S. and allied forces, but then were recruited as suicide bombers. The plan was to hit the trains as close as possible to the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror massacres. The most likely date was Sept. 14, reports said.

The attack would have been similar to those suffered in London, Madrid and, most recently, Moscow.

But the plot unraveled when Zazi realized federal agents and the NYPD were after him and discarded the chemicals he was using to make the bombs, according to the government. He was quickly arrested.

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