Authorities arrest 3 for alleged plot to use explosives at JFK airport
Authorities have arrested three suspects and are in pursuit of a fourth in connection to a plot to blow up a fuel line running through New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
"The plot, which never got past the planning stages, did not involve airplanes or passenger terminals, according to the two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the arrests had not yet been announced," the Asssociated Press reports.
All four men have been charged with conspiracy to commit an act of terror at the airport.One of the alleged planners in custody, a Guyana man with connections to a radical group in Trinidad, is reported to be an employee of the airpot.
Investigators first happened upon the plot near the beginning of 2006, and have sinced used an informant to infiltrate the group. Despite what has been deemed a "credible intent to commit violence," many sources admitted that the groups plans were neither operational nor even feasible.
"The arrests mark the latest in a series of alleged homegrown terrorism plots targeting high-profile American landmarks," the AP adds.
"A year ago, seven men were arrested in what officials called the early stages of a plot to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago and destroy FBI offices and other buildings.
A month later, authorities broke up a plot to bomb underwater New York City train tunnels to flood lower Manhattan.
And six people were arrested a month ago in an alleged plot to unleash a bloody rampage on Fort Dix in New Jersey."