NEW YORK — The uncle of a Colorado airport driver charged with plotting to attack New York City with homemade bombs has been indicted in a widening terror probe, two law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
The officials told The Associated Press that Naqib Jaji — who had publicly defended his nephew — was arraigned on a single felony charge in a sealed proceeding in Brooklyn two weeks ago. The charge wasn't specified.
The officials spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Jaji is in federal custody at an undisclosed location, a third law enforcement official said, also speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case. Such an arrangement is common when a witness is cooperating in a sensitive investigation, but the official would not say whether Jaji is cooperating.
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A federal prison Web site says Jaji was released on Jan. 22.
The FBI and U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn refused to discuss the case. Jaji's lawyer also declined to comment.
Jaji, 38, is the uncle of Najibullah Zazi, who was charged in September with plotting to attack New York City with homemade bombs. Zazi stayed at his uncle's suburban Denver home for several months last year.
Zazi bought beauty supplies in Colorado to make peroxide-based bombs, prosecutors have said. He tried to mix explosives in a hotel room in early September, then drove to New York to carry out an attack, possibly on the transit system, authorities said.
At the time of Zazi's arrest, Attorney General Eric Holder called the investigation one of the most serious terrorism cases since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, but few details about it have emerged since then.
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