WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government warned Sunday of possible terrorist attacks against "iconic" financial institutions in New York City, Washington and Newark, N.J., saying a confluence of chilling intelligence in recent days pointed to a car or truck bomb.
The government said the new intelligence indicated the meticulous planning of al-Qaida. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge identified explosives as the likely mode of attack, as opposed to a chemical or biological attack or a radiological "dirty" bomb.
In an unprecedented action, the government named these specific buildings in densely populated areas as potential targets:
_Citigroup buildings and the New York Stock Exchange in New York City.
_The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank buildings in Washington.
_Prudential financial in northern New Jersey.
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