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FBI: Al-Qaeda Planning 'Spectacular' Attacks

Friday, 15 November 2002 12:00 AM

The FBI bulletin comes on the heels of a Justice Dept. report that U.S. intelligence intercepts have detected the highest "chatter" among terrorist targets since Sept. 11.

The FBI warned law enforcement agencies: "Sources suggest Al Qaeda may favor spectacular attacks that meet several criteria: high symbolic value, mass casualties, severe damage to the U.S. economy and maximum psychological trauma."

The FBI report notes likely targets: commercial aviation, petroleum plants, nuclear-related facilities, and national landmarks.

A number of recent developments have alarmed federal authorities, including a tape recording that surfaced purporting to offer a message from bin Laden. Some intelligence experts believe it may have contained a secret code to initiate attacks.

Fox News also reports that "in recent weeks, the FBI has issued warnings about possible attacks on U.S. railroads and on the energy industry, as well as a more general warning about heightened risk during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which started Wednesday and ends Dec. 5."

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