Terrorists to Target Trains

By Jesse Sokolow on 14 August 2017
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DSC_0719Trains and train stations in the United States appear to have become a possible new target for Islamic terrorists. In Al Qaeda’s newest issue of its online propaganda magazine “Inspire,” the terrorist group offers details on how to blow up and derail trains with a stated goal of striking fear in commuters and the traveling public.

As a response, the Transportation Security Administration recently provided additional guidance to train operators on what steps they could take to protect passengers from such terrorist attacks.

The publication also lists various train routes in the United States that the group considers vulnerable. Many of the routes are operated by Amtrak, and run through Chicago’s Union Station, considered one of the busiest stations in America.

The Lake Shore Limited, which offers service between New York and Chicago, and the Empire Builder, which runs from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest, are among those routes included on the list, although Amtrak said it is not worried.

“Amtrak continues to maintain a strong security posture to keep our passengers, employees and the railroad safe,” said spokesperson Marc Magliari in a statement. “Robust security measures are in place at stations and on trains, and we have increased our patrols along the tracks. We are also partnering with federal agencies to gather and share intelligence.”

The New York City police department isn’t worried either.

“Our robust multi-layered counterterrorism apparatus is designed to protect our air, land, waterways and railways in #NYC,” the department said on Twitter.

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