According to Police and Government officials of US, at least two of the men suspected, involved in a possible al-Qaida attack on the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks are believed to be US citizens, and or in possession of US travel documents(VISA).
The officials though keep it a secret, state that the information so far has come from a single source and it had to be further investigated and confirmed.
An official averred citing anonymity, that the would-be attackers' primary aim is to set off a car bomb, but if that becomes impossible, they are under orders to find some other way of creating violence, terror and destruction. According to their informant, the likely attackers are of Arab descent and can speak Arabic as well as English.
The officials stated that the information first came to the CIA through a long-standing source in the Afghan Pakistan region, proven reliable in the past. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the investigation.
Not cowed down by risk of a new terror threat, New Yorkers and Washingtonians wove among police armed with assault rifles and waited at security check points Friday, 9th, September, 2011, while intelligence officials scrambled to nail down information on a possible al-Qaida strike timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Counterterrorism officials are working round the clock to decide whether the threat is real, and extra security was deployed in places to protect the people in the two cities that took the brunt of the jetliner attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon a decade ago.
Mean while Israeli consulate's walls were scaled down in Cairo, Egypt, the official documents and papers thrown out on to the roads of city of Cairo. The Israeli ambassador, his family, and staff reached the Cairo airport to leave for Israel.
President Obama appealed to the Egyptian government to respect all International conventions.
The Israeli government appealed to the US to protect its offices and the staff in Egypt.