ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A plea hearing has been scheduled for a naturalized citizen from Pakistan charged with joining what he thought was an al-Qaida plot to bomb the D.C. region’s Metrorail system.

Farooque Ahmed of Ashburn, Va., is expected to enter a guilty plea Monday in federal court in Alexandria. The exact charges to which Ahmed would plead are unclear. He was initially charged with conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaida and collecting information for a terrorist attack on a transit facility.

Authorities say Ahmed plotted with people who turned out to be part of a government sting. He allegedly took video of northern Virginia subway stations and suggested using rolling suitcases rather than backpacks to kill as many people as possible.

A call to Ahmed’s lawyer was not immediately returned Friday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. williejoe says:

    There always foreigners. That is all they know is bombs & killing. They were bad in their old country & bad here. Kill his ass.

  2. pigeon says:

    Stop the damn plea deals! They are only good for the criminal and a slap in the face to the victim(s).
    And don’t put him in jail here in the USA – he’ll have better meals and medical care then I do. Send him back to his “homeland” in a bag with all the pieces of his belongings.

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