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."