The FBI has warned the
nation of possible terrorist attacks in the next several days, based on information
given the bureau. Specially, Washington, DC-area police have been advised
to be on immediate and special alert for truck bombs. DC police also have
received training this past week on how to spot terrorists masquerading as
truckers, the Washington Post reported.
The target and threat
of a potential attack are not specific but federal agents have in recent days
cautioned District, Maryland and Virginia police that future attacks may be
carried out with trucks, rather than planes, by suspected terrorists who enrolled
in U.S. truckdriving schools. In the last week and a half, DC police officers
have stopped about 700 trucks throughout the city to check cargo and manifests."I
would hope planes are out now," DC Police Chief Charles Ramsey told the
Post. "It's logical to think trucks may be next."
The FBI has reportedly
given pagers to some top area law enforcement officials, promising to keep
them informed.Concern about truck bombs led the federal government to announce
late Wednesday that it was banning non-delivery trucks larger than 1.25 tons
from a 40-block area around the Capitol. The ban has been described by law
enforcement as "coincidental" to the FBI ban. Police claim they
did not take that action in response to a specific threat but it does offer
an extra security tool.