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Several Arrests Made in Suspected JFK Airport Plot

A 2002 file photo shows John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport.
A 2002 file photo shows John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport.

Federal officials say that a terrorist plot centering on New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport has been foiled. At least three people — including one airport employee — have been arrested in connection to the plot; a fourth person is being sought.

Investigators believe the suspects were going to use explosives to target a fuel line to the airport in New York's Queens borough. The plot did not involve airplanes or passenger terminals, but instead centered on critical infrastructure around the international airport.

The plot was in the earliest stages of planning — the suspects had not yet bought explosives, FBI officials in New York told NPR.


Those arrested include a U.S. citizen; a second U.S. citizen who is a naturalized citizen from Guyana; and one Trinidadian. Authorities are also looking for one more person, who is from Guyana.

FBI officials say the arrests come after a nine-month investigation which began after the group was found after trying to recruit an informant who works with the FBI.

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