Sunday 17 December 2017

Terrorists planned further attacks on 9/11 anniversary

Martin Evans and Jon Swaine

A secret dossier seized during the raid on Osama bin Laden's home has unearthed a series of al-Qa'ida plots, including one to attack trains across America on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Despite having been in hiding in Abbottabad, Pakistan, since at least 2005, with no phone line or internet connection, the world's most wanted man was still at the heart of the international terror network, US officials have confirmed.

Computer files belonging to Bin Laden, which have been analysed by intelligence officials, disclosed the extent to which he was still intimately involved in plots against the West.

In one file, plans to attack the American rail network were discussed.

Terrorists were looking at different ways to tamper with tracks in order to possibly derail a train at a bridge or over a valley, the FBI said.

Other material seized from Bin Laden's compound included a list of key dates and targets.

However, the FBI has insisted that there was no material suggesting that the plans were anything other than ambitions at this stage. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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