Suspects arrested in alleged missile sale

ELIZABETH, N.J. -- Federal authorities arrested a British man here yesterday on charges that he was attempting to sell what he thought was an armed SA-18 surface-to-air missile to an undercover agent posing as a terrorist, according to published reports.

The Star-Ledger of Newark reported that the suspect, Hemad Lakhani, was arrested at the Wyndham Newark Airport hotel here, which is in sight of Newark Liberty International Airport, as he was attempting to sell the missile to the agent, who was impersonating an Al Qaeda member.

The Russian-made, shoulder fired missile -- unbeknownst to Lakhani -- was a dummy, authorities said. The real thing is capable of downing a commercial airliner.

Authorities said that two other suspects, who were allegedly involved in laundering money for the missile buy, were arrested in Manhattan, while search warrants were being executed in London, as well.

In other developments, 10 people were reportedly arrested in Saudi Arabia several days ago following a shootout, according to published reports. They were said to be Al Qaeda members who were allegedly planning an attack on a British commercial airliner.

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