NY terrorists plotted backpack bombs to kill as many people as possible
September 16, 2009
NY Al-Qaeda Plot Update - Extensive Plans To Produce Massive Civilian Casualties
September 16, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The New York Post is reporting [see, http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/queens/qns_qaeda_plotted_backpack_bombs_cBsiSRURqx71SFgx9xkL5L] that the raids conducted in Queens a few days ago [see, http://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=ny9.14.09%2Ehtm] on three residences has convinced the Feds that the al-Qaeda linked terror suspects intended to detonate multiple anti-personnel explosive devices hidden in backpacks, so as to produce maximum casualties.
The investigation is still in its earliest stages, but the Feds are apparently "furious" with local law enforcement for inadvertently tipping off the plotters while conducting less-than-professional field investigations. http://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=ny9.16.09%2Ehtm
Najibullah Zazi (Karl Gehring, The Denver Post)
For more on the investigation into Najibullah Zazi see:
Qns. 'Qaeda' plotted backpack bombs
The terror plot unearthed after raids on three Queens homes involved operatives detonating nine explosives-laden backpacks to kill "as many people as possible," The Post has learned. "They were going to blow up several places simultaneously and take out as many people as possible -- a large number of people," a federal law-enforcement official said.
Empty backpacks were among the evidence seized from one of the Flushing apartments raided by a NYPD-FBI team Monday. Authorities also removed computers, cellphones and other material. No explosives were found.
Now, feds are virtually monitoring Zazi's every move, phone call and computer stroke, the sources said. Law enforcement also is trying to track down former confederates-in-arms whom he may have met over the past week, the sources said. "I know they are looking at me, but I didn't do anything," said Zazi, who once worked as a Manhattan coffee-cart vendor.
Last week, he drove from Colorado to Queens in a rental car. He told The Associated Press he was pulled over during a "traffic stop" while driving into the city. Even as the investigation intensifies, the FBI is furious with the NYPD for tipping off Zazi -- by canvassing his old Flushing neighborhood rather than discreetly inquiring about him. Sources said the feds would have preferred to lie in wait a little longer to see what he and his contacts were planning. An NYPD spokesman called those claims "an utter fabrication."
Additional reporting by Chuck Bennett and Kati Cornell.