US warns of terrorism threat against New York subway system

Other News Materials 26 November 2008 22:37 (UTC +04:00)

The US government has warned against a possible terrorist plot targeting the New York subway system during the holiday season, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday, dpa reported.

In a joint internal statement sent late Tuesday, the department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned state, local and other officials of a "possible but uncorroborated" al-Qaeda threat against the New York transportation system, said Laura Keehner, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security.

The agencies were still working to verify the information. Commuters and travellers on transit systems in major metropolitan areas would likely see increased law enforcement presence during the holiday season, she said.