Last night the FBI & Department of Homeland Security issued a joint warning to elected officials about a possible terror threat. The threat consisted of a possible terrorist attack on the NYC Subway by Al Qaeda. James Gordon, Alison Gendar, & Larry McShane of the New York Daily News have more in this report:
The city subway system received an infusion of police protection Wednesday after reports that Al Qaeda terrorists had considered targeting local mass transit with suicide bombers.
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued a joint warning to state and local officials on Tuesday night about the terrorist threat, said DHS spokeswoman Laura Keehner.
The warning followed “plausible but uncorroborated information that Al Qaeda may have discussed targeting the transit system in or around New York City,” Keehner said.
NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said police were aware of the terrorist threat, and responded by sending additional cops throughout the subway system.
“It is not uncommon for the department to receive threat information and to adjust our resources accordingly,” he said.
While both Browne and Keehner said the discussions never advanced beyond the talking stage, Rep. Peter King said the threat was legitimate.
“This is a plausible and very serious threat, but there’s no reason to panic,” said King, the top Republican on the Homeland Security Committee. “There is no evidence to think any action has been taken to carry out the plot. But it is serious, and there are specifics.”
Officials told the Daily News that the intercepted threat was made by Al Qaeda lieutenants based in Pakistan’s lawless tribal belt.
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