A Chicago taxi driver born in Pakistan was arrested Friday on two charges of providing material support to terrorists — allegedly attempting to funnel money to al-Qaida and discussing an attack on a U.S. stadium.
Raja Lahrasib Khan, a naturalized U.S. citizen, does not pose an imminent danger to Americans, prosecutors said. But they said Khan, 56, had said he knew Ilyas Kashmiri, a Pakistan-based extremist leader with close ties to al-Qaida.
Kashmiri faces criminal charges in the United States for allegedly conspiring with another Chicagoan, David Headley, to kill employees of a Danish newspaper that published derogatory cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.
The court papers in Khan's case describe a March 11 phone call in which he appeared to discuss attacking an unnamed U.S. stadium in August with bombs that go "boom, boom, boom, boom." Authorities sent an undercover agent to meet with Khan and give him $1,000 to send to Kashmiri, the court papers said.