Brooklyn al Qaeda? Materials Found During Arrest Prompts Investigation

Brooklyn police stumbled upon a trove of possible terrorist related materials including; al Qaeda news clippings, chemical manuals and weapons literature. The discovery was made while responding to a landlords call regarding photocopied drivers licenses he discovered in an evicted tenants apartment.

From The NY Post

The tenant, Hisham Khaleel, 35, had been evicted.

Responding officers found 13 copied licenses, all of which appeared to belong to customers from the Vanderbilt YMCA on East 47th Street in Manhattan, where Khaleel worked briefly as an unarmed security guard.

They also found news clippings about al Qaeda, literature on chemical purchasing and processing, an owner’s manual for a Beretta handgun, a reference guide for modern airplanes, a video on rifle-shooting fundamentals and a sniper’s manual.

Cops also uncovered lab glassware catalogs and a book, “Hostile Planet: The Essential Guide to Surviving Natural Disasters, Pandemics and Terrorist Attacks.”


Khaleel was awaiting arraignment last night in Brooklyn Supreme Court on charges of criminal possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of personal identification.

However, sources said the materials found in the apartment had piqued probers’ interest, and a full-scale investigation was under way.

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