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New York and D.C. alert as US warns of 'credible' terrorist threat

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In May 2010 Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani American, attempted to set off a car bomb in New York City's Times Square. He was sentenced to life in prison last year.

On the heels of the trove of documents uncovered by US Navy SEAL Team Six during their raid of Osama bin Laden’s house, senior administration officials issued a government advisory in May. The bulletin, put out by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), warned that, as far back as February 2010, Al Qaeda was contemplating “an operation against trains at an unspecified location in the United States on the 10th anniversary” of the 9/11 attacks.

Al Qaeda, the warning noted, was actively investigating the possibility of “trying to tip a train by tampering with the rails so that the train would fall off the track at either a valley or a bridge.” Though the Transportation Security Administration sent a bulletin to railway officials, DHS did not issue a National Terrorism Advisory System alert.

The most recent warning Thursday indicates that Al Qaeda and its affiliates have also considered attacks with small arms, homemade explosives, and poisons.

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