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Osama bin Laden's al Qaida network was considering targeting oil tankers in terror attacks to damage Western economies, say US officials (AP)

Osama bin Laden's al Qaida network was considering targeting oil tankers in terror attacks to damage Western economies, say US officials (AP)

Osama bin Laden's al Qaida network was considering targeting oil tankers in terror attacks to damage Western economies, say US officials (AP)

Al Qaida was considering targeting oil tankers in terror attacks to damage Western economies, US officials have said.

The terror group was looking at plots to hijack oil tankers in non-Muslim waters and blow them up, according to a leaked intelligence bulletin.

There is no intelligence pointing to a specific plot or threat.

It was not immediately clear whether the details about the plot were coming from Osama bin Laden's compound.

US intelligence officials are sifting through a treasure trove of information coming out of materials taken from the former terror leader's hideout in Pakistan earlier this month after he was shot and killed by Navy Seals.

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