DOJ charges 4 in alleged JFK Airport terror plot

[JURIST] Federal authorities arrested three men Saturday and are still searching for a fourth after foiling a terrorist plot to bomb John F. Kennedy International Airport [official website]. The complaint [PDF text] charging the four men claims the plot was intended to "cause greater destruction than in the Sept. 11 attacks," according to one of the suspects. The plot could have destroyed parts of New York's borough of Queens [official website], where an underground fuel pipeline serving the airport runs.

Authorities have been tracking the plot for more than a year. The suspects include Russell Defreitas, a US citizen native to Guyana and former JFK air cargo employee, Abdul Kadir of Guyana, Kareem Ibrahim of Trinidad, and Abdel Nur of Guyana, who is still being sought in Trinidad. Defreitas said he formed the plot more than a decade ago when he worked as a cargo handler. He said he chose the airport because its destruction would put "the whole country in mourning." AP has more.

 

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