Published: Oct 27, 2010 10:37 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 27, 2010 6:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Virginia man has been arrested and indicted on charges he tried to help people he believed were al-Qaida operatives in planning to bomb subway stations in and around the nation's capital.

The FBI says the public was never in danger because its agents were aware of the man's activities before the alleged planning took place and monitored him throughout.

Farooque Ahmed, 34, a naturalized citizen born in Pakistan, was arrested Wednesday. He was indicted on charges of attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization, collecting information to assist in planning a terrorist attack on a transit facility and attempting to provide material support to carry out multiple bombings to cause mass causalities at Washington-are metro station.