Hudson River bomb plot

Hudson River Bomb Plot

Hudson River bomb plot

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On July 7, 2006, the FBI announced that they had foiled a plot that was in its "talking phase" by foreign militants to detonate explosives in tunnels connecting New Jersey with Manhattan and drown the New York financial district with a torrent of water. This was unfeasible because the tunnel is embedded in bedrock, and the target is above sea level. The government initially protested about how the story was leaked to the New York Daily News.

Suspects

Assem Hammoud

Born July 6, 1975, Assem Hammoud was said to be the leader of the plotters, and is accused of having links to extremist groups since 1994.

He had studied finance and economics at Concordia University in Canada from 1995 to 2002, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, before returning to Beirut where he became a professor of economics or computer science at the Lebanese International University.

His girlfriend lives in Canada, and one of his two brothers is still studying in Canada, while the other lives in Beirut along with his mother Nabila Qotob. Nabila has denied Assem's involvement with Al-Qaeda

He speaks English, French, Arabic and German, and drives a 1965 MG. In online communities, he went by the moniker Amir Andalousi, a term referring to a Spanish prince, when it was still a Muslim territory. His family is thought to have migrated to Lebanon from...
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