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Sentencing for admitted Aurora terrorist, Najibullah Zazi, delayed

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The two sides asked Chief Judge Raymond Dearie to delay Friday's planned sentencing and move it to June 24, 2011.
Judge Dearie agreed to that plan on Thursday afternoon.

9Wants to Know has learned Najibullah Zazi told FBI agents he wanted to set off bombs in the New York subway because he was unhappy with the U.S. government's use of predator drones, which he says have killed women and children, during operations to hunt members of al-Qaeda.

Zazi lived in an Aurora apartment near E-470 and Smoky Hill Road as he planned his attack.

Aurora security camera footage surfaced, capturing him buying hair products that can be used as ingredients in bombs.

Agents found traces of bomb-making residue inside an Aurora hotel room which Zazi rented near Interstate 225 and Iliff Avenue.

The FBI says Zazi also admitted he trained in Pakistani terrorism camps when agents questioned him before his arrest in September 2009.

Zazi is set to be sentenced on charges of use of certain weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy to use certain weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy to injure property of foreign government and providing material support or resources to terrorists.

Had Najibullah Zazi succeeded with his plan, investigators say thousands of people would be dead or injured and New York City's subway system could have been shut down.

The FBI describes Najibullah Zazi's plan as the most significant terrorism plot it has investigated since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

If you have a tip about this story, e-mail investigative reporter Jace Larson at jace.larson@9news.com or call 303-871-1432. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/jacelarson.

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