US FEAR TERRORISTS THREAT FROM THE SEA

Date: 1/2/2003

Captured al Qaeda operative Omar al-Faruq has told interrogators that he planned scuba attacks on US warships in Indonesia. Apparently as a result of his confessions, US officials recently visited hundreds of scuba shops nationwide asking about suspicious visitors.

US officials say they are on alert for signs that al Qaeda would use exotic craft to launch underwater attacks – small submarines and human torpedoes, underwater motor-propelled sleds that divers use. Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger terrorist movement has been developing such equipment for years, said Tanner Campbell, vice president of prive Marine Intelligence Group.

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