Security Beefed Up in Subways and Trains in NY

November 27, 2008

New York (ChattahBox) — The US government has warned that al-Qaida suicide bombers were contemplating attacks on New York’s mass transit system during the holiday season. The police have beefed up the security in subways and trains on Wednesday.

An internal bulletin from the government states that al-Qaida terrorists may have discussed targeting transit system in and around New York City. These discussions have involved the use of suicide bombers or explosives placed on subway or passenger rail systems.

“We have no specific details to confirm that this plot has developed beyond aspirational planning, but we are issuing this warning out of concern that such an attack could possibly be conducted during the forthcoming holiday season,” according to the warning dated Tuesday.

The internal memo obtained first by the Associated Press states that FBI has received “plausible but unsubstantiated” report about al-Qaeda attacks on NY City. According to the unidentified sources, the information came from a Pakistani citizen arrested overseas within the past week. Those sources indicated that trains arriving at the Penn station may be the possible targets.

Rep. Peter King of Seaford, the ranking Republican member of the House Committee on Homeland Security was briefed about the threats. The threat has surfaced on one of the busiest travel days when tens of thousands of tourists travel to New York City for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.


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