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10/18/05 – Washington

Baltimore Reportedly Target of Latest Terror Threat

Baltimore's McHenry and Harbor tunnels have been closed due to a security threat. (ABC News) Baltimore's McHenry and Harbor tunnels have been closed due to a security threat. (ABC News)

The government has received a general threat regarding a possible terrorist attack involving one of the tunnels along the I-95 corridor in theBaltimore area, ABC News has learned.

The security threat has prompted Maryland Transportation Authority police to close and divert traffic away from Baltimore's McHenry and Harbor tunnels.

The city of Baltimore is in the process of taking some additional security precautions, while the federal government is analyzing the credibility of the threat.

Informant: Bomb Plot in Progress

An informant told authorities late last week that a plot was in progress to blow up one of the tunnels under Baltimore's harbor, ABC News has learned.

According to the informant, six Egyptian terrorists were going to receive bomb materials that would arrive by ship at Baltimore's harbor in a container marked "Cocoa." The informant said the terrorists would then use the material to assemble explosive devices, which would be planted in cars as part of a plot to bomb one or both of the tunnels.

The Department of Homeland Security, however, has some doubts about the source's credibility. The FBI, meanwhile, is trying to locate several individuals mentioned by the informant.

DHS, as well as Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, may provide statements later today.

ABC News' Pierre Thomas, Richard Esposito, and Jason Ryan contributed to this report.

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