PORTLAND, Ore. FBI agents in Oregon have arrested a Portland city worker 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.
U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall says 48-year-old Reaz Qadir Khan was arrested Tuesday morning at his home and charged with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. He pleaded not guilty in federal court. A detention hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday.
The indictment says Khan provided advice and financial help to Ali Jaleel, one of three people who carried out the suicide attack at Pakistan's intelligence headquarters in Lahore.
If convicted, Khan faces a potential sentence of life in prison.
Khan is a wastewater treatment plant operator for the city of Portland. In a statement, Mayor Charlie Hales urged people to remember that Khan is presumed innocent unless proven otherwise.
The indictment states that from December 14th, 2005, to June 2nd, 2009, Khan conspired with Jaleel and others with material support and resources, reports CBS affiliate KOIN-TV in Portland.
As part of the conspiracy, Khan allegedly used email and intermediaries to provide advice and financial assistance to Jaleel and his family, according to KOIN-TV. Khan allegedly provided Jaleel with advice to help him in his efforts to travel undetected from the Maldives to attend training camps and commit violent jihad, using coded language with Jaleel to avoid detection.