From the NY Post:
The terror plot unearthed after raids on three Queens homes involved operatives detonating nine explosives-laden backpacks to kill "as many people as possible," The Post has learned.
"They were going to blow up several places simultaneously and take out as many people as possible -- a large number of people," a federal law-enforcement official said.
Empty backpacks were among the evidence seized from one of the Flushing apartments raided by a NYPD-FBI team Monday.
Authorities also removed computers, cellphones and other material. No explosives were found.
The predawn raids were sparked by the reappearance in New York City of an al Qaeda associate who'd gotten top-level training in bomb-making at a Pakistani terrorist camp, sources said.
Najibullah Zazi was schooled in demolitions and military tactics along with several other men; all eventually settled in Queens, according to the sources.
And from the Daily News:
Fearful of a Madrid-style subway train bombing, authorities are poised to make more raids to seize bomb-making materials at locations in Queens, sources said Wednesday.
The FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team arrived in New York in anticipation of the offensive to thwart a Denver-based terror cell with ties to Al Qaeda, police sources told the Daily News.
Another source said an earlier raid uncovered nine backpacks and cell phones, raising memories of the March 2004 bombings in Madrid. A series of terrorist bombs detonated aboard commuter trains killed 191 people.
The source said authorities feared a potential attack on the city subway, with its 5.2 million daily riders.