Man charged with backing terrorism first arrested in Yonkers

A man charged with backing terrorism and pledging his allegiance to Osama bin Laden was first arrested in Yonkers in 2003.

According to authorities, Tarik Shah, of the Bronx, was arrested in December 2003 after a Yonkers police officer saw him run a stop sign. Police then discovered an outstanding warrant for Shah in Beacon, New York. After police impounded his car, they found evidence linking Shah to terrorist activities. This set in motion a two-year investigation by undercover federal agents.

Agents say Shah and his accomplice, Dr. Rafiq Abdus Sabir, of Florida, were looking to train al-Qaida followers in hand-to-hand combat and possibly set up a machine shop to manufacture weapons. Shah and Sabir were both arrested Friday after pledging their allegiance to Osama bin Laden.

Both men appeared in court in Manhattan Tuesday and are being held without bail.

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