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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Alleged NYC JFK airport plot

FTA -- Federal authorities said a plot by a suspected Muslim terrorist cell to blow up John F. Kennedy International Airport, its fuel tanks and a jet fuel artery could have caused “unthinkable” devastation.

But while pipeline and security experts agreed that such an attack would have crippled America’s economy, particularly the airline industry, they said it probably would not have led to significant loss of life as intended. Despite their efforts, the men never obtained any explosives, authorities said.

“Pulling off any bombing of this magnitude would not be easy in today’s environment,” former U.S. State Department counterterrorism expert Fred Burton said, but added it was difficult to determine without knowing all the facts of the case.

The pipeline, owned by Buckeye Pipeline Co., takes fuel from a facility in Linden, N.J., to the airport. Other lines service LaGuardia Airport and New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport.

Fourth suspect in JFK airport plot surrenders

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CNN) -- The fourth suspect wanted in connection with an alleged plot to attack New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport turned himself in to Trinidad authorities Tuesday, police said.

Abdel Nur, 57, of Guyana surrendered around 11:30 a.m. ET at the West End police station, police said. He is expected to make an initial court appearance later Tuesday, a law enforcement source said.

Nur is believed to have been in hiding since U.S. authorities identified him as one of the suspects in the plot over the weekend.

The FBI helped Trinidad authorities in an intense manhunt for Nur, whose photo was on the cover of Tuesday's Trinidad Guardian newspaper with the caption, "Most Wanted."

Nur and the other three suspects -- U.S. citizen Russell Defreitas, Abdul Kadir of Guyana and Kareem Ibrahim of Trinidad -- are charged with conspiring to plant explosives to blow up fuel supply tanks, pipelines and buildings at Kennedy Airport, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Saturday.

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