Witness says Mass. men discussed mall shooting
BOSTON -- A former friend of a Massachusetts man accused of conspiring to help al-Qaida has testified that they traveled overseas with a third friend in 2004 to try to get into a terrorist training camp.
Kareem Abu-zahra, testifying Monday in the trial of Tarek Mehanna, said the men also discussed shooting people at a shopping mall, attacking an Air Force base and shooting prominent U.S. officials.
Prosecutors allege that Mehanna tried unsuccessfully to get terrorist training in Yemen.
Abu-zahra, testifying under a grant of immunity, said the men had several discussions about domestic terrorism in 2003. He said Mehanna was present for a conversation about shooting former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. Abu-zahra said he and the third man had a brief conversation about shooting former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, but Mehanna was not present for that.
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