Warnings issued of potential terror attacks


NEW YORK (JTA) — U.S. counterterrorism officials have warned stadiums, entertainment complexes and hotels of potential attacks.

One of the bulletins issued to police forces across the United States included an excerpt from an al-Qaida training manual that lists "blasting and destroying the places of amusement, immorality, and sin … and attacking vital economic centers" as potential targets, The Associated Press reported.

Law enforcement officials also have speculated that transit systems could be potential targets based on reports that a Colorado man, Najibullah Zazi, a 24-year-old Afghani immigrant and Denver airport van driver, in cooperation with others, is suspected of planning to detonate backpack bombs on New York City trains.

"Several individuals in the United States, Pakistan and elsewhere" are being investigated, according to an FBI statement.

A U.S. counterterrorism task force suspected Zazi of being involved in a plot to use hydrogen peroxide-based explosives to bomb transit systems.

Recommended from JTA