Bronx resident, accomplice charged with backing terrorism held without bail

A Bronx man accused of conspiring to help al-Qaida was ordered held without bail at the Manhattan Federal Courthouse Tuesday. After a two-year investigation, FBI agents say they have tapes of Tarik Shah, 42, inquiring about chemicals, explosives and firearms. Agents claim Shah, an expert martial artist, was looking to train al-Qaida followers in hand-to-hand combat. Shah talked about making videos to send to training camps in the Middle East and possibly starting a training camp in New York. Shah and his accomplice, 50-year-old Rafiq Abdus Sabir, were arrested Friday after pledging their allegiance to Osama bin Laden. Shah is due back in court on June 13, but he may be released on bail before then. The defense say they need more time to review the FBI tapes. If convicted, both men may face up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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