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Nagi was friend of some Lackawanna Six members, police sources say

Arafat Nagi was a friend and associate of several members of the Lackawanna Six, the six Yemen-American men who went to Afghanistan to train with al-Queda prior to Sept. 11, 2001, two law enforcement officials today.

Nagi’s name came up repeatedly in the Lackawanna Six investigation, but no criminal charges were filed against him in that case, the two officials said.

An FBI-led task force arrested the six Lackawanna men in September 2002, one year and one day after the terrorist attacks.

The men all went to prison after taking guilty pleas in Buffalo’s federal court and admitting that they had trained with al-Queda and met Osama bin Laden, the man behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America.

Nagi was a “friend and supporter” of the Lackawanna Six, one of the sources told the Buffalo News today.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul, during a new conference Wednesday, declined to comment on any ties between Nagi and the Lackawanna Six.