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Metro Fire Was Plotted, Al Qaeda Member Says

Captured al Qaeda operations chief Khalid Sheik Mohammed has told interrogators that his organization had plans to attack the Metrorail system in Washington, possibly by igniting a fire, according to law enforcement officials. Law enforcement and intelligence sources said that Mohammed, the self-described architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, provided vague information about the plot along with plans to attack other U.S. targets at home and abroad, including the U.S. Capitol, and the Israeli Embassy in Washington. During interrogation sessions conducted after his March 1 capture in Pakistan, Mohammed did not provide details about a terrorist strike on the Metro system, and authorities have been unable to determine whether there is any credible threat to mass transit here, two U.S. officials said yesterday. They cautioned that although Mohammed appears to be cooperating, he may be trying to mislead officials. He and other detainees may be providing false information to cause panic, misdirect intelligence agencies or curry favor with captors without actually giving up any secrets, they said. Full Story

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