A detained Pakistani militant accused of planning an attack on U-S diplomats appeared today (Saturday) amid heavy security in an anti-terrorism court in Karachi. He has yet to be officially charged.
Asif Zaheer is one of three men detained on suspicion of planning to ram a car filled with explosives into a vehicle carrying U-S diplomats.
Prosecutors say Mr. Zaheer also has confessed to involvement in another attack, which killed 11 French engineers and three Pakistanis last May in Karachi. Authorities say he confessed to planting explosives in the car used to blow up a bus transporting the engineers.
Mr. Zaheer is reported to have said the militants did not realize the engineers were French, and that the attack was intended to kill Americans.
The suspect is a member of the outlawed group, Harkat Jihad-e-Islami, and has told police he was trained in neighboring Afghanistan during Taleban rule. He is said to now be cooperation with investigators.