Stadiums, Hotels Told to Watch for Terrorists

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 22, 2009 11:16 AM CDT
Najibullah Zazi arrives at the FBI offices in Denver for questioning, Sept. 17, 2009. FBI agents arrested Najibullah Zazi, and his father from their home in the Denver suburb of Aurora on Saturday.   (Ed Andrieski)
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(Newser) – Counterterrorism officials have issued security bulletins to police around the nation about terrorists' desire to attack stadiums, entertainment complexes, and hotels, the latest in a flurry of such internal warnings as investigators chase a possible bomb plot in Denver and New York. In the two bulletins—sent to police departments yesterday and obtained by the AP—officials said they know of no specific plots against such sites, but urged law enforcement and private companies to be vigilant.

The bulletin on stadiums notes that an al-Qaeda training manual specifically lists "destroying the places of amusement, immorality, and sin... and attacking vital economic centers" among the group's goals. Officials say such bulletins are frequent, and don't typically make news. However, a half-dozen alerts issued in the last week have received increased attention; an earlier warning about mass transit systems has already prompted officials around the nation to step up patrols.