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US Warns on Terror Vigilance Around 9/11 Anniversary

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The United States is warning Americans at home and abroad to be vigilant because al Qaeda may look to strike around the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. At the same time, authorities say there is no indication an attack is imminent.

“We remind our federal, state, local partners, and the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement authorities,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement Friday morning.

“We remain at a heightened state of vigilance and security measures are in place to detect and prevent plots against the United States should they emerge,” she said.

A Worldwide Alert issued by the State Department Friday issued similar advice to Americans living and traveling abroad. The alert is quick to note, however, that the United States has no information that suggests an attack is in the works.

“While we have not identified any specific threats from al-Qa’ida affiliates and allies to attack the United States or our interests on the 9/11 anniversary, U.S. citizens should be aware that al-Qa’ida affiliates and allies have demonstrated the intent and capability to carry out attacks against the United States and our interests around the world.  In the past, terrorist organizations have on occasion planned their attacks to coincide with significant dates on the calendar,” it says.

Documents captured during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden indicate that the former al Qaeda leader remained obsessed with the thought of another massive attack against the United States and eyed doing so around the Sept. 11 anniversary. The documents indicate he discussed some options with top aides right until he was killed in the May 2 operation, but U.S. officials believe those plans were not fully developed. One document from Feb. 2010 revealed that bin Laden explored a plan to derail a train here around this year’s anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Law enforcement officials, meanwhile, are not taking any chances. ABC News’ Pierre Thomas and Richard Esposito reported yesterday that security agencies are scouring communications for any sign of a terror plot. So far they have not found any intelligence to suggest an attack is imminent. The New York Police Department is on high alert and has deployed extra teams to be on the lookout for danger and to respond to any incident.

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