Attack on N.Y./N.J. Transportation System Prevented

WASHINGTON- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced July 7 that it foiled a terrorist plot against the New York/New Jersey transportation system.

According to a statement released by the DHS, “Working closely with the Intelligence/Information Directorate within the Internal Security Forces of Lebanon and with other foreign law enforcement and intelligence partners, we have disrupted a terrorist network that was in the planning stages of an attack against the transportation system in the New York-New Jersey area.

“A significant development in this investigation was the arrest of a key suspect by Lebanese authorities. This investigation is ongoing. We know al-Qaeda continues to have an interest in attacking the United States. At this point in time, there is no specific or credible information that al-Qaeda is planning an attack on US soil.

“At the same time, the FBI, through the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, will continue to investigate suspected activities here and abroad with our partners from the U.S. and international law enforcement and intelligence community.  At the same time, the DHS will continue to share information with state and local partners to ensure that they have the appropriate awareness to make decisions about how to best protect their communities.”

The announcement comes on the anniversary of the London transit system bombing.

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