22 May '11, 10pm

Supertankers easy to hijack, tough to destroy

NAIROBI (Kenya) - Supertankers - the hulking, slow-moving ships that transport half the world's oil - have few defences against terrorist hijackers like those envisioned by Osama bin Laden, security experts said on Saturday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Department of Homeland Security issued a confidential warning to the authorities and the energy industry on Friday that Al Qaeda was seeking information on the size and construction of tankers. The newly revealed plot showed that while Osama was scheming about the next strike to kill thousands of Americans, he also believed an attack on the oil industry in "non-Muslim waters" could create a worldwide economic panic that would send oil prices soaring and hurt Westerners at the gas pump. Al Qaeda operatives with enough training could easily manage to capture ships carrying millions of gallon...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110523-0000247/Supert...

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