A number of news sites are reporting that Port Authority police are said to be on high alert today following what the agency believes is a “credible threat” to its bridges and tunnels, according to a published report.
A source said the information that led to the alert came from a prisoner in Afghanistan, according to the report in the New York Post.
A secret briefing was reportedly held yesterday for PA emergency-service cops to detail the threats, which may involve trucks carrying gasoline.
According to the report, the last time the PA force was put on a similar alert was in September, when authorities tracked Afghanistan native Najibullah Zazi from New York to his Colorado home and arrested him there.
From The Gothamist
Port Authority police increased security after learning of a terrorist threat “advising them to be on the lookout for a fuel-filled tanker meant to explode prior to a secondary blast designed to decimate any first responders… The chilling warning was read at roll call for four police commands – cops assigned to the Holland and Lincoln Tunnel; the George Washington Bridge; and also the Staten Island command, which incorporates the Bayonne and Goethals Bridge and the Outerbridge Crossing, a source said.”The alleged threat claims “all crossings” would be in jeopardy and is “being treated as credible, that some type of tanker will explode causing us to respond… At some point during the response, a second explosion [will occur] causing injury to all first responders to this incident.” No date or time was given for this supposed incident, but a fuel tanker from Canada may be involved.
According to one report, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly “insisted he was unaware of any specific terrorist threat that had been received by the department targeting the area’s bridges or tunnels” and a Port Authority official said, “It’s a totally unsubstantiated threat,” and suggested the threat was mentioned to “[rally] the troops to be vigilant.”
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The message cautioned that “no date or time has been given” for the potential terrorist strike.
The chilling warning was read at roll call for four Port Authority police commands — cops assigned to the Holland and Lincoln Tunnel; the George Washington Bridge; and also the Staten Island command, which incorporates the Bayonne and Goethals Bridge and the Outerbridge Crossing, a source said.