Government Indicts Second “Shoe Bomber” In Boston
Government authorities brought charges on Monday against a British citizen they contend conspired with admitted al Qaeda operative Richard Reid to use shoe bombs to bring down American airliners in flight.
A seven-count federal grand jury indictment unsealed in Boston charges Saajid Badat, 25, with attempted murder, attempting to destroy an airliner and other charges related to the conspiracy.
When he was arrested in England in November, a search of Badat’s home revealed bomb components similar to Reid’s as well as an explosive component known as TATP.
The indictment indicates that Badat was assisting Reid even as he was planning his own attack sometime in the near future. British authorities say that both Badat and Reid got their custom-made shoe bombs in Afghanistan during training.
One of those who testified against Reid and is expected by experts to testify against Badat as well as Reid is Mansour Jabarah.
Jabarah is a convicted al Qaeda operative, who reportedly recently told Canadian intelligenceofficials that he had been told by another operative that the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 had been an al Qaeda operation completed by a terrorist named Aderraouf Jdey.
Jabarah told the Canadian intelligence operatives that he had been in an Afghanistan training camp with both Reid and Badat, and that a number of others training to become shoe bombers had been in that camp as well.
There are many who believe that Jdey was “Shoe bomber number one” and that Reid was “Shoe bomber number two.”
Jdey remains today on a list of seven known al Qaeda operatives wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for possible terrorist attempts on American targets.
Government officials continue to say that it is “unlikely” that Jdey or anybody else brought down American Airlines Flight 587 with a shoe bomb because the evidence shows no signs of fire or explosion prior to the crash.