U.S. officials said Monday they have learned of credible threats of possible new airline suicide hijackings by terrorists planned for the latter part of the summer.
The Washington Post said the information was developed in recent interviews with one or more high-level al Qaeda captives and corroborated separately by other means, including electronic intercepts, officials said. They described the possible scenarios as similar to the hijackings of four U.S. airliners on Sept. 11, 2001.
Information about the possible attacks began emerging last week, government sources said. It could not be learned which al Qaeda captives had provided the information, but officials said they had taken steps to verify its credibility.