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New York airport plot suspect surrenders to police

A Guyanese man wanted by U.S. officials in an alleged plot to bomb a New York airport surrendered to police Tuesday in Trinidad, according to police.

A Guyanese manwanted by U.S. officials in an alleged plot to bomb a New York airport surrendered to police Tuesday in Trinidad, according to police.

Abdel Nur turned himself in at a police station outside Port-of-Spain, police spokeswoman Wendy Campbell said.

He is the fourth man arrested in the alleged plot to blow up a fuel line at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, which authorities said was intended to cause more devastation than the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists attacks.

The other suspects include a former opposition member of Guyana's parliament and a former airport air cargo employee, who was arrested in New York.

Nur is reportedly the uncle of former world welterweight boxing champion Andrew (Six Heads) Lewis, one of Guyana's most famous citizens.

U.S. authorities allege the men unsuccessfully sought support in Trinidad from Jamaat al Muslimeen, a radical Islamic group that staged a deadly coup attempt in the Caribbean nation in 1990.

In addition to Nur, Trinidadian authorities are holding two suspects: Abdul Kadir, the former Guyanese legislator, and Kareem Ibrahim, of Trinidad. Both are fighting extradition to the United States.

The other suspect named, Russell Defreitas, is a U.S. citizen native to Guyana.

The leader of Jamaat al Muslimeen told the Associated Press on Monday that his group had no connection to the plot.

"I know nothing about these men and I have nothing to do with whatever they are being charged for," said Yasin Abu Bakr, the longtime head of Jamaat al Muslimeen.

With files from the Associated Press