Officials: Al-Qaida eyed attacking trains for 9/11 anniversary
Al-Qaida considered attacking U.S. trains onthe upcoming anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, butcounterterrorism officials say they believe the planning never gotbeyond the initial phase.
The officials say they have no recent intelligence pointing toan active plot for such an attack.
Information on the train plot appears to be the first widelycirculated intelligence pulled from the raid this week on binLaden's secret compound in Pakistan. A U.S official says otherintelligence information gathered at the compound represented aterrorist wish list, but has revealed no specific plan so far.
He said documents indicated a desire to hit the U.S. withlarge-scale attacks in major cities and on key dates such asanniversaries and holidays. But there was no sign those plans wereanything more than ambitions. The U.S. official spoke on conditionof anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.
As intelligence analysts review and translate the confiscated materials, members of the Yonkers Police Department's elite counter-terrorism unit are stepping up patrols at area train stations. The officers are heavily armed and on the lookout for anything suspicious, including individuals or packages.
In Pearl River, commuters say they aren't surprised to hear about the plot and are taking it all in stride. Some say they are comforted that the MTA and New Jersey Transit have also increased security.
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