The Justice Department prepared charges against one of the world’s most-wanted terrorism suspects Wednesday, adding a high-ranking al-Qaida figure to the list of people linked to last year’s thwarted New York City subway bombing, law enforcement officials said.

Adnan Shukrijumah, who has eluded the FBI for years and remains at large, was expected to be named in an indictment in Brooklyn federal court, the officials said.

They did not say what charges Shukrijumah would face. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the case.

Investigators believe Shukrijumah met with one of the would-be suicide bombers in a plot that Attorney General Eric Holder called one of the most dangerous since the 9/11 terror attacks.

Shukrijumah’s involvement in the subway plot suggests the attack was important to al-Qaida’s senior leadership. Shukrijumah is among the top candidates to be al-Qaida’s next head of external operations, the man in charge of planning attacks worldwide.

The U.S. citizens were arrested in September 2009 before, prosecutors said, they could carry out a trio of suicide bombings in Manhattan. Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay have pleaded guilty and admitted planning to detonate homemade bombs on the subway during rush hour. A third man, Adis Medunjanin, awaits trial.

Counterterrorism officials believe Ahmedzay, and perhaps the other two men, met Shukrijumah at a terror camp in Pakistan.

Source: Associated Press via Fox News.

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