Al-Qaida considered terror attacks against U.S. rail systems on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, according to intelligence gleaned from the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday.
The department said no specific areas or rail systems were named, but the New York Post cited sources saying the evidence mentioned New York, Washington and Chicago.
Still, homeland security spokesman Matthew Chandler made clear that there is no imminent threat.
“We have no information of any imminent terrorist threat to the U.S. rail sector, but wanted to make our partners aware of the alleged plotting,” he said. “It is unclear if any further planning has been conducted since February of last year.”
Three U.S. law enforcement and national security officials told Reuters that the information of the threat cited in the Department of Homeland Security bulletin was a year old.
The department and other U.S. agencies have been reviewing evidence seized from bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan during the early-morning raid Monday that killed the al-Qaida leader.
“This is another reminder that our transit system remains a top target and we must always remain vigilant,” MTA spokesman Charles Seaton said in an email. “While there is no specific threat, we remain at high alert in coordination with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners.”
The NYPD said it's aware of the information, but declined to say whether it's making any special security arrangements.
Port Authority and Amtrak had no immediate comment.