Sep 21, 2009 5:20 PM by Associated Press

Colorado terror plot suspect appears in federal court

A judge ordered an Afghanistan-born Colorado man who allegedly received al-Qaida training and had bomb-making instructions on his computer to be held pending a detention hearing Thursday.

Investigators say Najibullah Zazi, a 24-year-old airport shuttle driver, played a direct role in an alleged terror plot that unraveled during a trip to New York City around the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. But he has only been charged with lying to the government in a matter involving terrorism.

Zazi's father also appeared in court Monday and was expected to be released within 48 hours. An associate, Ahmad Wais Afzali, appeared in federal court in Brooklyn and was being held without bond.

All face the same charge.


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