NEW YORK (CNN) - A Colorado man arrested in a U.S. terror probe has been indicted on a charge of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction - explosive bombs - against persons or property in the United States, the Justice Department said Thursday.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/09/24/terror.indictment/art.zazi.gi.jpg caption="Najibullah Zazi, 24, has been indicted on a charge of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction in the U.S."]
A federal grand jury in the Eastern District of New York on Wednesday returned a one-count indictment against Najibullah Zazi, 24, of Aurora, Colorado - a Denver suburb.
The Justice Department said FBI agents in Colorado first arrested Zazi on Saturday in a criminal complaint that said he "knowingly and willfully" made false statements to the FBI involving international and domestic terrorism.
In addition, others arrested included Zazi's father - Mohammed Wali Zazi, 53, also from suburban Denver, and Ahmad Wais Afzali, 37, a Muslim cleric and funeral director from Queens, New York.
All three - arrested in what the Justice Department has said was a plot to detonate bombs in the United States - were charged with lying to federal agents during the probe of the alleged plot.