GCIS TERROR ALERT: U.S. on alert for 9/11 al-Qaida bomb plot

WASHINGTON – U.S. officials are investigating a possible al-Qaida plot to detonate a vehicle-borne bomb in Washington or New York City around Sunday’s 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

A handful of individuals may have entered the United States in recent days as part of the plot, which officials said originated from the tribal areas of Pakistan along the Afghan border. One of them may be a U.S. citizen. An intelligence source said the information resulted from the recent capture of a senior al-Qaida official in Pakistan, Younis al-Mauritani. The source, like others quoted in this report, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is unfolding.

Numerous officials familiar with the information cautioned Thursday night that while the threat is specific and worrisome, it is based on raw intelligence that is unconfirmed. Law-enforcement agencies across the Eastern Seaboard were scrambling to determine how serious the danger is and to find any possible terrorist plotters.

Yet the mere prospect of an attack to coincide with such a sacred anniversary sparked jitters in New York and Washington, where President Barack Obama was briefed Thursday morning and updated throughout the day, even as he prepared to address a joint session of Congress.

Members of Congress were also briefed on what law-enforcement and intelligence officials described as the first specific and credible threat related to the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The concern was amplified by the knowledge that before he was killed in May, Osama bin Laden had seemed fixated on attacking the United States again on or around Sept. 11. The intelligence source said the possible plot was conceived as revenge for bin Laden’s death.

“As we know from the intelligence gathered from the (bin Laden) raid, al-Qaida has shown an interest in important dates and anniversaries, such as 9/11,” said Matthew Chandler, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security. ”In this instance, it’s accurate that there is specific, credible but unconfirmed threat information.”

“We continue to ask the American people to remain vigilant as we head into the weekend,” he said.

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