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Feds Probe Terrorist Threat to Nuclear Power Plants

Monday, 13 May 2002 12:00 AM

The newspaper, citing unnamed intelligence sources, said the threats came shortly after officials received reports that two members of al-Qaeda, the terrorist group linked to Osama bin Laden, would carry out attacks in the United States using radioactive material in a conventional bomb.

The Times said the threats were being taken seriously, even if the source of the information was not necessarily wholly reliable. The information on the targeting of nuclear plants allegedly came from Abu Zabaydah, a former key aide to bin Laden, suspected mastermind behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Zabaydah, captured March 28 after he was wounded in a gun battle with Pakistani police, reportedly told interrogators that an American and an African national were planning an attack involving a device with radioactive material, the Times said.

Original reports had the attacks on nuclear power plants to obtain the radioactive material occuring May 1. Those have been changed to July 4 as the expected attack date. One of the sites of the attacks was thought to be the Three Mile Island plant in Pennsylvania.

The newspaper, however, said some officials doubt Zabaydah's information and quoted one familiar with reports from Zabaydah as saying: "He seems to be supplying some good information to enhance his credibility. On the other hand, it could be part of a larger deception effort." Copyright 2002 by United Press International.

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