Alleged al-Qaida plotter held in U.K. on U.S. warrant

A Pakistani man alleged to have plotted a major al-Qaida attack in Britain and wanted by U.S. authorities over the New York subway bomb plot was ordered held in custody. Abid Naseer, 24, was arrested July 7 on a U.S. extradition warrant on charges of providing support to a foreign terrorist organization, conspiring to support a terror group and "conspiracy to use destructive force."

He appeared via a videolink at London's City of Westminster court and was ordered held until another hearing in the case on Aug. 11. Naseer was among 12 people arrested last year in anti-terrorism raids across northern England.
All were released without charge, but authorities insisted they had thwarted a major al-Qaida bomb plot in the northern city of Manchester. Few details were released, but authorities said a Manchester shopping mall was likely among the targets.