02 October 2007 19:23 [Source: ICIS news]
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Robert Stephan, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at the Department of Homeland Security, said that while there is no specific intelligence basis for his caution, common sense and recent history suggest that terrorists might seek to influence the
“Look at the Madrid train bombings, which resulted in a different government being elected there than otherwise might have been the case,” Stephan said, referring to the 11 March 2004 train bombings in the Spanish capital that killed nearly 200 people and wounded more than 2,000 others.
That bombing attack was made three days before the Spanish national elections.
“The government that was elected after that attack broke its alliance with the
He also cited this year’s 29 and 30 June attempted car bombings in
Stephan said that while there is no hard intelligence suggesting that a terrorist attack might target the
He also warned that terrorists in Iraq have made advances in using chlorine-filled canisters in bomb attacks, launching 15 such attacks since October last year. “We may see those sort of attempts here someday,” he cautioned.
Stephan spoke on the second day of a three-day chemicals security conference, sponsored by the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA).
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