Amerikanske myndigheter har avslørt en plan om å sprenge en ledning med flydrivstoff til JFK-flyplassen. Fire er tiltalt. En ble fremstilt i New York lørdag, to sitter arrestert på Trinidad og en er ettersøkt. Alle er muslimer.
One of the suspects, Russell Defreitas, a U.S. citizen native to Guyana and retired JFK employee, said the airport was a symbol that would put «the whole country in mourning.»
«It’s like you can kill the man twice,» said Defreitas, 63, who first hatched his plan more than a decade ago when he worked as a cargo handler for a service company, according to the indictment.
The plot never got past the planning stages, authorities said.
«The devastation that would be caused had this plot succeeded is just unthinkable,» U.S. Attorney Roslynn R. Mauskopf said at a news conference, calling it «one of the most chilling plots imaginable.»
Authorities said they were motivated by a pattern of hatred toward the U.S.,
Israel and the West.
Defreitas was recorded saying he «wanted to do something to get those bastards.»
He was in custody in Brooklyn and was expected to be arraigned Saturday afternoon.
Two other men, Abdul Kadir of Guyana and Kareem Ibrahim of Trinidad, were in custody in Trinidad. A fourth man, Abdel Nur of Guyana, was still being sought in Trinidad.
The suspects believed explosives could ignite the pipeline at JFK and destroy the airport and parts of Queens, where the line runs underground, according to the indictment.
The pipeline, owned by Buckeye Pipeline Co., takes fuel from a facility in Linden, N.J., to the airport. Other lines service LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.
Kadir, a former member of Parliament in Guyana, was arrested in Trinidad for attempting to secure money for «terrorist operations,» according to a Guyanese police commander who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Kadir left his position in Parliament last year. Muslims make up about 9 percent of the former Dutch and British colony’s 770,000 population, mostly from the Sunni sect.
Russel Defreitas, en av de mistenkte i planen om å bombe drivstoffledningen til JFK.