US: Al-Qaida plotted 9/11 anniversary rail attack

By REUTERS
May 6, 2011 02:50

WASHINGTON - Al-Qaida considered attacking the US rail sector on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, US government officials said on Thursday in describing intelligence from Osama bin Laden's hide-out in Pakistan.

They said some evidence was found indicating that the al-Qaida leader or his associates had engaged in discussions or planning for a possible attack on a train inside the United States on Sept. 11, 2011.

"We have no information of any imminent terrorist threat to the US rail sector, but wanted to make our partners aware of the alleged plotting," spokesman Matthew Chandler said of an intelligence message the Department of Homeland Security sent on Thursday.


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