Commuters wary as al-Qaida train-attack plans uncovered

The MTA has announced additional security patrols, bag checks and K-9 teams in the wake of news that al-Qaida had been considering an attack on U.S. train systems around the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Information gleaned from evidence taken at Osama bin Laden's Pakistani compound revealed that the terrorist network wanted to tamper with the rails, causing trains to fall off the tracks at valleys or bridges.

Intelligence officials say they are still scouring the files, DVDs and handwritten notes found in the mansion, but that the information shows the plans were in their initial stages.

At the Yonkers train station, armed police have been patrolling the platform since last night, but many commuters say it's unsettling. Sheala Leonard, of White Plains, says there isn't enough security and that it's too easy for people to bring anything they want on a train.

Federal officials are also asking local authorities to check the tracks for missing clips, spokes, concrete locks or tree limbs.

Officials: Al-Qaida eyed attacking trains for 9/11 anniversary

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