New bomb threat reported

    A plot to bomb New York’s Holland Tunnel in an effort to flood the Wall Street
    financial district has been uncovered by the FBI, with a suspect arrested in
    Lebanon, New York’s Daily News reported on Friday.

    The newspaper, quoting unidentified counterterrorism sources, said the
    investigation involved what officials considered a “serious plot” to detonate
    enough explosives inside the landmark tunnel to destroy it and send devastating
    floodwaters through lower Manhattan.

    The 79-year-old tunnel runs under the Hudson River between New Jersey and
    Manhattan and carried almost 34 million vehicles in 2005.

    The Daily News said authorities in Beirut, at the request of U.S. officials,
    arrested one of the suspected conspirators, identified as Amir Andalousli, in
    recent months and that agents were seeking other suspects around the world.

    The newspaper said the FBI and New York police officials declined comment on
    the investigation, which it quoted a source as describing as “ongoing.”

    The Daily News quoted a counterterrorism source as saying officials were
    alarmed because the plotters allegedly got a pledge of financial and tactical
    support from Jordanian associates of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al
    Qaeda in Iraq before he was killed last month in a U.S. air strike. The paper
    said it was not clear if any cash or assistance was delivered.

    Lebanon’s government had been asked by the United States to hold off on
    announcing the arrest while operations to disrupt the plot were continuing, the
    Daily News quoted sources as saying.

    It said New York officials, according to sources, believed the plan could
    conceivably work with enough explosives placed in the middle of the tunnel.

    But it added that some experts did not consider the plan feasible because the
    tunnel was protected by concrete and cast-iron steel and that even if the tunnel
    cracked, the Wall Street district would not flood because it was above the level
    of the river.

    Seven men were charged in the United States last month with conspiring to
    blow up the landmark Sears Tower in Chicago and FBI buildings in Miami and four
    other cities as part of a pledge to al Qaeda to wage war against America. U.S.
    officials said the plot never went beyond the earliest stages.