An Alleged Terrorist in Ohio -- Feds Say Man Supported Al Qaeda

ByABC News
April 12, 2007, 5:07 PM

April 12, 2007 — -- An Ohio man has been charged with supporting al Qaeda and planning terrorist attacks overseas.

According to a newly unsealed indictment, Christopher Paul, also known as Abdul Malek, traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan in the early 1990s to train for jihad. The indictment alleges Paul, a Columbus, Ohio, native, provided money and military training to radicals in Germany.

The indictment alleges that Paul "provided explosive training to co-conspirators in Germany in order to assist them in preparing to conduct attacks using explosives on targets in Europe and the United States."

The three-count indictment alleges that Paul and others wanted to attack tourist locations in Europe and targets in the U.S.

Sources tell ABC News Malek was an associate of convicted terrorists Iyman Farris and Nuradihn Abdi, who was charged for planning to blow up a Columbus-area shopping mall. Farris, a truck driver from Columbus, pleaded guilty in 2003 to plotting to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge. According to officials, the three men conducted training in Burr Oak State Park in southeast Ohio.

The head of the Justice Department's national security division, Assistant Attorney General Ken Wainstein, said in a statement, "The indictment of Christopher Paul paints a disturbing picture of an American who traveled overseas to train as a violent jihadist, joined the ranks of al Qaeda, and provided military instruction and support to radical cohorts both here and abroad."

The indictment alleges that beginning in 1989, Paul provided material support to terrorists overseas. The indictment details activities of Paul and other co-conspirators since the 1990s, when al Qaeda recruited individuals for operations and trained thousands of mujahideen in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The indictment alleges that "In late 1990 or early 1991, while in Pakistan, defendant Paul stayed at the Beit Ul Ansar guest house located in Peshawar, Pakistan a guest house affiliated with al Qaeda."

The indictment also notes that in the early 1990s, Paul met several key al Qaeda members, including a former personal pilot for Osama bin Laden, and Khalifah Lnu, who was responsible for organizing logistics to and from al Qaeda training camps.