Portland: FBI agents on Tuesday arrested a Portland man who works for the city on allegations that he provided support to a suicide bomber who participated in a 2009 attack in Pakistan that killed about 30 people and injured another 300.
Reaz Qadir Khan, 48, was arrested at his home and charged with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, US Attorney Amanda Marshall said. Khan is a wastewater treatment plant operator for the city of Portland. A spokesman for Mayor Charlie Hales did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
Khan was jailed pending a detention hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, Associated Press reports.
An indictment unsealed Tuesday alleges the naturalized US citizen provided advice and financial help to Ali Jaleel, one of three people who carried out the attack at Pakistan’s intelligence headquarters in Lahore.
Jaleel died in the attack. He took responsibility for the bombing in a video released by al-Qaida, and was shown at a training camp, Marshall said.
‘The events of May 27, 2009, remind us that terrorism is not defined by Muslims targeting non-Muslims, but is defined by violent extremists targeting anyone they perceive as a threat to their oppressive agenda,’’ Marshall said.
Khan’s attorney, Larry Matasar, declined to discuss the case.