Police seek two men on terror charges

Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:00pm EDT
 
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VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Canada filed arrest warrants on Tuesday against two Canadian men who disappeared from a university in Manitoba and are thought to have gone to Pakistan to join in terrorist attacks.

Ferid Imam and Maiwand Yar have not been seen since 2007, but the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they have evidence the men left the country with plans to join the insurgency fighting in Afghanistan.

U.S. authorities also filed charges on Tuesday against Imam, alleging he provided material support to al Qaeda and helped three men in the United States obtain training to carry out terror attacks.

The three U.S. men, including Najibullah Zazi, were charged earlier with plotting a suicide bomb attack against the New York subway system in 2009.

Canadian police acknowledged they don't know where Imam and Yar are currently living, so they were charged in absentia with conspiracy to carry out a terror attack and with belonging to a terror organization.

(Reporting Allan Dowd; editing by Rob Wilson)