Official: 9/11 threat from al Qaeda operative intercepted

Official: 9/11 threat from al Qaeda operative intercepted

Washington (CNN) -- American spy networks have intercepted communications from an al Qaeda operative in Pakistan indicating plans for a terrorist strike in New York or Washington, according to a senior U.S. official.


The communications come from a source who has provided accurate information in the past, the official said, prompting intelligence officials to sift through communications from other al Qaeda cells.


No other corroborating evidence of an attack has been uncovered, the official added.


But the information indicates the plan -- thought to involve a vehicle-borne explosive device -- is meant to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.


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