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U.S. Reports Plot to Fly a Plane Into U.S. Consulate in Pakistan

The American authorities said today they had uncovered a plot by Al Qaeda to crash a small aircraft loaded with explosives into the United States Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. In response, the Homeland Security Department warned about possible attacks in the United States. A department advisory warned that Al Qaeda was in the late stages of planning an attack on the consulate using a small fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter. Such a plot, along with one uncovered last year in which Al Qaeda planned to fly a small plane into a United States warship in the Persian Gulf, demonstrated a “fixation” on using aircraft in attacks, it said. The warning was issued Thursday to American pilots and airport managers as part of a broader bulletin urging vigilance to guard against similar attacks in the United States. An American law enforcement official said a plot against the consulate was uncovered with the arrests this week in Karachi of Walid Ba’Attash and five other men accused of belonging to Al Qaeda. About 300 pounds of explosives and a cache of weapons were also seized. Full Story

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