Sunday, October 09, 2005

**UPDATE**: NYC Terror Threat

There appears to be some resolution finally as to why NYC officials thought that a terrorist plot by three people in Iraq - two of whom had already been captured - to plant 19 briefcase and stroller bombs in the NYC subway system was credible.

In my previous post, I mentioned that four people Iraqi suspects were captured, and wondered if the NYPD had other information about the 14 other suspects who would conceivablly have carried the "other" 15 bombs onto NY's subway.

Answers have emerged now though it seems.

1) The NYPD (assumably) did not know how many suspects might have been involved, but had reports that one Iraqi person had already left Iraq to travel to NYC for the attack, and suspected there were more on the way or already in the city. (That does not appear to be the case at the moment.)

2) Remote-detonated devices were to be used, similar to the Madrid train bombings, as opposed to individual operatives each carrying a single bomb as during the London attacks.

A Department of Homeland Security memo warned this week that a team of terrorists may have traveled to New York to put remote-controlled bombs in
briefcases and baby carriages in an attack on or around Sunday. (Yahoo News)


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