CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - One day after a story emerged about a former Charlotte man being the new alleged author of the first al-Qaeda online magazine in English, the man's father is responding.
Samir Khan's dad still lives in Charlotte. He emailed his comments to WBTV in Charlotte through a spokesperson.
The spokesperson says Zafar Khan "is concerned" about Samir and "has been active in trying to get Samir to change. " That spokesperson also says he and Zafar found out "more and more people have tried to advise Samir and correct him."
Zafar, the spokesperson also wrote, is currently "out-of-town".
The station tracked Samir down back in 2007 when the then-22-year-old was running a pro-Jihad blog out of his parents north Charlotte home. It was a slick site, in English, said to be helping recruit for al-Qaeda. It was eventually shut down.
Back then, reporters stopped him in the parking lot of his job and asked if he was helping recruit for al-Qaeda. He said no. He also said he was not helping recruit for terrorism at all.
Top federal sources are telling national reporting agencies that Khan is now in the country of Yemen. They say he bought a round trip ticket, but never flew back home.