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Ore. man charged with helping bomber in Pakistan

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- FBI agents have arrested a Portland, Ore., man who works for the city on allegations that he provided support to a suicide bomber who participated in a 2009 attack in Pakistan that killed about 30 people and injured another 300.

U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall says 48-year-old Reaz Qadir Khan was arrested Tuesday at his home and charged with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. A detention hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

The indictment says Khan provided advice and financial help to Ali Jaleel, one of three people who carried out the suicide attack at Pakistan's intelligence headquarters in Lahore.

If convicted, Khan faces a potential sentence of life in prison.

Khan is a wastewater treatment plant operator for the city of Portland. A spokesman for Mayor Charlie Hales didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

(Associated Press)

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