- The Washington Times - Friday, October 25, 2002

ASSOCIATED PRESS
The FBI issued a warning to law enforcement officials nationwide yesterday about a possible attack soon on transportation systems, particularly railroads.
Officials said the warning, based on information obtained from al Qaeda prisoners, suggested that terrorists may try to take out bridges, key sections of tracks or train engines in an effort to cause derailments and widespread damage.
Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge was contacting key state and local officials to seek their help and vigilance in warding off any such attack.
New York Gov. George E. Pataki said, "There are threats and those out there who are looking to do us harm here in the United States."
He said Mr. Ridge did not identify any specific target in New York. Even so, Mr. Pataki said, "We've contacted the [Metropolitan Transportation Authority], the Port Authority, local law enforcement, put out an advisory across the state to make sure that the public is vigilant and we are vigilant in protecting public services and infrastructure points across this state."
Separately, U.S. intelligence has learned that al Qaeda supporters may be planning strikes on ships in the Persian Gulf and nearby seas, said one official, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
The threats are to both military vessels and commercial shipping, the official said. Terrorists believed linked to al Qaeda attacked an oil tanker off the coast of Yemen earlier this month.

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