NEW YORK (AP) – Two men who attended high school with a terrorism suspect accused of getting training in Pakistan were arrested Friday, months after federal authorities began investigating them as possible accomplices in a plot to bomb New York City.
Charges against Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay hadn’t been announced, although they were scheduled to appear in Brooklyn federal court Friday. FBI agent Richard Kolko said their arrests were part of “an ongoing investigation” by a terrorism task force.
Ahmedzay and Medunjanin were first publicly linked to the investigation in September, when investigators raided their homes shortly before the arrest of their old classmate Najibullah Zazi, a Colorado airport shuttle driver. Authorities have been watching them for months.
Medunjanin’s attorney, Robert C. Gottlieb, previously confirmed that investigators had questioned Medunjanin and taken computers and cell phones from his apartment.
Prosecutors said that Zazi—charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction—had recently traveled to a terrorist training camp in Pakistan, and that “others” who have not been named accompanied him on the trip to the country.