Al-Qaeda 'plans summer attacks'
Airlines in the United States have been warned that the al-Qaeda terror network could carry out hijackings or suicide bombings by the end of the summer. The US Department of Homeland Security, set up after the 11 September attacks in 2001, also warned that US interests in countries such as the UK, Italy and Australia could be targeted. The alert sent out to US airlines and law enforcement agencies warns that al-Qaeda has considered suicide hijackings and bombings as the best way to destroy planes as well as strike ground targets. The BBC’s Ian Pannell, in Washington, said the warning was in stark and unusually blunt language. “Al-Qaeda planners have primarily considered suicide hijackings and bombings as the most promising method to destroy aircraft in flight as well as to strike ground targets,” the advisory said. “Attack venues may include the United Kingdom, Italy, Australia or the East Coast of the United States due to the relatively high concentration of government, military and economic targets.” Full Story