Rocco Parascandola, Alison Gendar and Larry Mcshane
New York Daily News
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Fearful of a Madrid-style subway train bombing, authorities are poised to make more raids to seize bomb-making materials at locations in Queens, sources said Wednesday.
The FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Squad arrived in New York in anticipation of the offensive to thwart a Denver-based terror cell with ties to Al Qaeda, police sources told the Daily News.
Another source said an earlier raid uncovered nine backpacks and cell phones, raising memories of the March 2004 bombings in Madrid.
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A series of terrorist bombs detonated aboard commuter trains killed 191 people. The source said authorities feared a potential attack on the city subway, with its 5.2 million daily riders.
Najibullah Zazi, the Colorado man who triggered a rash of Queens raids Monday, was identified through e-mail, wire taps and a confidential informant as part of the plot, the source said.
Zazi, 25, told The News he had nothing to do with any terrorist activity.
“No. Of course, I’m not a terrorist,” the 25-year-old Afghan national said Tuesday.
This article was posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 9:51 am