NEW YORK — Federal officials are warning of a possible al-Qaida terror plot against New York City’s transit system.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said officials have received a “plausible but unsubstantiated” report indicating a threat during the upcoming holiday season.
According to investigators, al-Qaida members may have discussed targeting New York and any such plot could include using suicide bombers or explosives placed on subway and passenger rail systems.. The conversations took place in late September.
Despite the warning, officials said they have no specific details to confirm the plot has developed beyond what they are calling “aspirational planning.” Officials said they issued the warning as a precaution to law enforcement authorities.
Following the warning, New York City police deployed additional resources to the city’s transit system.
Authorities are not making any adjustment to the nation’s threat level.
— Railfanning.org News Wire with wire reports