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Metro Terror Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A Pakistani-born U.S. citizen has pleaded not guilty to charges that he attempted to help al-Qaida bomb the Washington Metro transit system.

Thirty-four-year-old Farooque Ahmed was arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court. He requested a jury trial, which was scheduled for April 11.

Ahmed was arrested last month after being targeted in a federal sting operation. Authorities say he plotted with people he thought were al-Qaida members to conduct bombings at D.C. Metrorail stations.

The people he allegedly believed were al-Qaida members were actually undercover law enforcement operatives.

Court documents released Tuesday show that authorities seized a pistol, a shotgun and two rifles from Ahmed's Ashburn home as well as a CD recording of a lecture from radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.