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Terror plot targeted airport fuel tanks

(The Advertiser) FOUR Muslim radicals, including a former MP from Guyana, allegedly masterminded a potentially catastrophic plot to blow up New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. 

Thousands would have been killed and the U.S. economy badly damaged. 

The alleged Islamic militant plot – which sought support from Caribbean extremist group Jamaat Al Muslimeen but probably did not involve al-Qaida – was in the early planning stages when it was foiled on the weekend. 

Authorities said there was no immediate danger to air safety or the public. 

But had the terror cell gone ahead, they would have caused ”unfathomable damage, death and destruction”, U.S. attorney Roslynn Mauskopf said. 

The indictment charging the four men alleges retired JFK cargo handler Russell Defreitas was recorded by the FBI saying of the plot ”even the Twin Towers can’t touch it”, a reference to the September 11, 2001, attack on New York’s World Trade Centre. ”This can destroy the economy of America for some time,” he added. 

In another secretly taped recording, Defreitas, 63, said: ”Any time you hit Kennedy it is the most hurtful thing to the United States. To hit John F. Kennedy, wow. They love John F. Kennedy like he’s the man. If you hit that, this whole country will be in mourning. It’s like you can kill the man twice.” 

FBI assistant director Mark Mershon said there was no indication of any connection to al-Qaida. One unnamed official told CNN the suspects were ”al-Qaida wannabes”. 

JFK is the city’s main international airport, handling more than 1000 flights a day. 

The FBI, the New York Police Department and U.S. counter-terrorism authorities cracked the terror cell after an 18-month covert investigation. 

The plot was uncovered in January, 2006, when the planners attempted to recruit a person who was a law enforcement informant. 

All four men have been charged with conspiring to attack JFK airport by blowing up major jet fuel supply tanks and the network of fuel pipelines. 

The pipeline, which runs through several residential suburbs, takes fuel from a facility in Linden, New Jersey, to the JFK airport. The fuel line also services La Guardia Airport and the Newark Liberty International Airport. 

The four face a life sentence if convicted. One man – Abdel Nur, from Guyana – is on the run, possibly in Trinidad. Defreitas is in U.S. custody and two other men are in custody in Trinidad. They will be extradited to the U.S. within days.


June 4, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, news, personal, politics, random, religion, Terrorism, Terrorism In The U.S., Terrorism News, Uncategorized, War-On-Terror

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