Truck terror plot uncovered

| Monday, December 03, 2001

An FBI affidavit released Nov. 29 says an Algerian man held in Canada as an accused terrorist planned a tanker truck attack in Montreal, according to a published report. The man is believed to have ties to Osama bin Laden.

Ahmed Ressam allegedly discussed with another Algerian, identified as Samir Ait Mohamed, in 1999 about planting a bomb in Jewish areas of Montreal. They also discussed placing a bomb along a "heavily commercial street" in Montreal.

Ressam was arrested in December 1999 while trying to enter the United States at Port Angeles, WA, in a car containing explosive materials. He was convicted earlier this year in a plot to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport during millennium celebrations marking the year 2000. He is facing sentencing in Seattle next year and is cooperating with authorities to reduce his term of imprisonment.

For the Montreal plot, Mohamed allegedly suggested to Ressam a device, "of good ingredients... should be implanted in a gasoline truck for a larger and more serious explosion."

The previously confidential documents, including FBI and Royal Canadian Mounted Police affidavits, allege Mohamed and Ressam tried to work with someone inside the passport office to obtain passports for terrorists. "The passports were to be used by a team of terrorists who intended to enter the U.S. with those passports to conduct terrorist attacks within the U.S."