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U.S. Charges Pakistani-American With Aiding Suicide Bomber


A court in Portland in Oregon has charged a U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin with helping a suicide bomber who was part of an attack in 2009 that killed 30 people and injured 300 others in Pakistan.

The Justice Department said on March 5 that Reaz Qadir Khan, 48, could face life in prison if he is found guilty of the charges of "conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists."

Prosecutors say Khan helped an individual named Ali Jaleel who died while participating in a suicide bombing attack at the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) headquarters in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on May 27, 2009.

Khan was arrested at his home in Portland on March 5.

He reportedly pleaded not guilty.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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