Portland Employee Faces Terrorism Charge

Mar 6, 2013

Portland city employee Reaz Qadir Khan was arrested Tuesday on charges of conspiring to provide "material support" to terrorists.  As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, the US Department of Justice alleges he helped a terrorist plan a deadly suicide attack in Lahore, Pakistan in 2009.

Kahn is a naturalized US citizen.  He's 48 years old. And he was arrested without incident at his Portland home. The mayor's office confirms that he's a city employee who works for the Environmental Services Bureau.

He's charged with aiding a terrorist who took part in the bombing attack on the headquarters of the Pakistan's intelligence service nearly four years ago. That suicide attack killed some 30 people and injured 300 more. 

The U.S. Attorney's office says Khan allegedly conspired with a man named Ali Jaleel, who died in the attack.

Authorities allege that between 2005 and 2009, Khan used email and intermediaries to give Jaleel and his family financial assistance and advice. It says he used coded language to help Jaleel travel undetected from the Maldives to Pakistan. 

Khan's attorney, Larry Matasar, had no comment on the allegations. 

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