December 17, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
WASHINGTON — Riders on the Washington metro system were warned Thursday to expect random checks of carry-on items two days after the government disclosed the arrest of an Afghan man for allegedly threatening to bomb the system.
The stepped-up security measures at the height of the Christmas shopping season also coincided with a warning by Interpol that it had received information about possible Al-Qaeda attacks in the United States and Europe.
Metro Transit Police “will conduct random inspections of carry-on items, as part of the continuously changing law enforcement programs designed to keep the system safe,” the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said in a statement.