WOODBURY - Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) says the al-Qaida operative who was killed in a drone strike last week not only grew up in Westbury, but also had been in contact with other suspected terrorists living on Long Island.
Samir Khan was born in Saudi Arabia, but spent about 10 years on Long Island. King says Khan was leading a normal middle-class life until he became radicalized.
Matthew Rehman, Khan's former classmate at W.T. Clarke High School, says after Sept. 11, Khan was going around saying that the U.S. deserved the attacks.
Later, King says Khan started meeting with two other terror suspects living in Nassau and Suffolk counties who've been under surveillance, and it was that communication that first put Khan on investigators' radar.
Khan published an English-language al-Qaida magazine called "Inspire" that encouraged terror attacks on the U.S. He was killed in Yemen in the same air strike that claimed the life of American-born al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki.
Meanwhile, Khan's parents are questioning whether their son's killing was justified. They say as an American citizen, he should've been captured and tried.