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FBI issues alert on Triangle terror suspect

Posted July 17, 2010 7:06 p.m. EDT

— The FBI issued an alert Friday for a man thought to have ties to a suspected terrorism ring in the Triangle.

Bajram Asllani, 29, was arrested last month in Kosovo in connection with charges that he provided material support to terrorists and conspired to kill, kidnap, maim or injure persons.

The FBI's website posted an alert for Asllani after a panel of international judges rejected his extradition Friday because it did not demonstrate "well-grounded suspicions" that he plotted terrorist attacks. According to a European Union official, the panel also ruled that there was no valid extradition treaty between the two countries.

An April 19 criminal complaint alleges that Asllani, who also goes by Ebu Hattab, conspired with eight men charged last July with plotting terrorist attacks overseas and securing weapons and training in North Carolina.

Seven suspects – Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39, his sons, Dylan Boyd, 22, and Zakariya "Zak" Boyd, 20, and Hysen Sherifi, 24, Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22, Ziyad Yaghi, 21, and Anes Subasic, 33 – are being held in the U.S. An eighth suspect, Jude Kenan Mohammad, 20, is believed to be in Pakistan.

Daniel Boyd and Sherifi are also charged with planning an attack on the Marine base in Quantico, Va.

The criminal complaint alleges that Asllani was in contact with the Triangle-area suspects, asked them for money and helped them travel with the purpose of establishing "a base of operations in Kosovo for the purpose of waging violent jihad."