Security officials in the US have reportedly successfully uncovered a terrorist plot to flood parts of New York city, with a suspect allegedly arrested by Lebanese police in connection with the conspiracy.
According to reports in this morning's Daily News, terrorists with links to al-Qaida planned to detonate a series of explosives in New York's Holland Tunnel, which runs under the Hudson river, and subsequently flood the Wall Street financial district.
The FBI has indicated that they do not believe residents in New York or anywhere else in the US are under any imminent terror threat, but one of the city's democrat senators, Charles Schumer, told US broadcaster CNN that today's reports are one instance "where intelligence was on the ball".
The man arrested by security personnel in Lebanon is allegedly Amir Andalousi, and although there has been no proof of material or financial support from al-Qaida, Mr Schumer emphasised the importance of taking this plot seriously.
"They should find out everything he knows, who he's connected to," he said.
But experts have suggested that the apparent terrorist plot appears to be misguided, as Wall Street is several feet above the level of the Hudson river.
"These don't seem to be the brightest bulbs in the terrorist lot. Their plan made no sense," added the senator.
Last month seven US citizens were charged for conspiring to destroy the country's tallest building, Chicago's Sears Tower, and FBI buildings along the east coast.