The August issue of Al-Qaeda magazine issue was dedicated entirely to targeting rail networks in the West. Now, the question is, was Al-Qaeda behind Amtrak trail derailment?
On Monday morning, an Amtrak train derailed near DuPont, Washington. Three people were killed and at least 100 were injured in the accident.
The train went off the track while on an overpass and crashed into vehicles on the road below. The 12-car, two-engine train was travelling between Tacoma and Portland, Oregon.
Al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine issue on targeting rail networks
Inspire is an Al-Qaeda magazine pubished in English in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Inspire’s August issue was dedicated entirely to targeting rail networks in the United States of America and Europe, and carried an 18-page guide explaining how to build a tool that could easily derail trains.
The 90-plus-page Inspire magazine issue focuses on describing different methods to derail trains and gives specific locations that could be targeted.
Inspire magazine lists Amtrak trail derailment
A report in Politico pointed to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) warning a terrorist attack on Amtrak trains. Politico quoted from a MEMRI statement – “It also lists some of the main passenger train lines across the country, such as the Washington DC-Boston Acela Express, the Amtrak Cascades, the Empire Builder from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest, the Coast Starlight, etc., with a map.”
The magazine states that train derailments are not martydom operations and that it could be repeated.
Is this just a coincidence or is there a terror angle to the Amtrak train derailment?