20 April 2012
Saajid Badat, a UK born terror convict during the trial of Adis Medunjanin, accused in the 2009 plot to attack New York’s subways with suicide bombs, admitted that he had met al-Qaida leader Usama bin Laden more than once when he travelled to Afghanistan in 1999. At the time, he knew al-Qaida, the terrorist group as The Sheikh’s Group, with sheikh referring to bin Laden.
In Britain, Badat pleaded guilty to plotting with Richard Colvin Reid to bring down American trans-Atlantic flights by using bombs hidden in their shoes. Badat had aborted the attack but Reid went ahead and in a failed attempt tried to blow up the plane in mid-air.