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'Uncorroborated' information points to July 4 terrorist threat - US official
 
   WASHINGTON (AFX) - US intelligence has received "uncorroborated" information of a terrorist threat to a US nuclear power plant on the July 4 weekend, a US official said. "It's uncorroborated information of questionable reliability," the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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05/13/2002 18:53
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AFX News - Asia
'Uncorroborated' information points to July 4 terrorist threat - US official

WASHINGTON (AFX) - US intelligence has received "uncorroborated" information

of a terrorist threat to a US nuclear power plant on the July 4 weekend, a US

official said.

"It's uncorroborated information of questionable reliability," the official

told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. "That said we take any threat

seriously."

The Washington Times said intelligence agencies received information last

week that an Islamic terrorist group was plotting an attack on either the Three

Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania or another nuclear plant in the

northeastern United States during the July 4 celebrations.

The US official confirmed that information received pointed to a threat to

a US nuclear power plant on the July 4 weekend, but noted that the intelligence

community often receives threat information pegged to next big holiday.

"I would not make too much of this. We constantly receive threat

information, and we evaluate it accordingly. While we can't be dismissive of

it, there are questions about its reliability," the official said.

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