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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Delta Target Of Terrorists, Officials Say

NEW YORK -- Federal law-enforcement sources have said intelligence information indicates Delta Airlines is the primary target for Islamic terrorists planning a strike at John F. Kennedy Airport.

Intelligence and law enforcement sources in Washington said Tuesday they did not know why Delta was being singled out, but said the target apparently was the terminal rather than a plane.

The possibility of an attack caught Delta officials by surprise. "I haven't heard a thing about that,'' said spokeswoman Erin Flynn.

She declined to discuss the situation, and added that she would not comment on Delta's security measures.

On Saturday, the Port Authority closed the rooftop parking lot at Delta's JFK terminal and increased police patrols. The Port Authority has maintained security at the highest level -- known as Level 4 -- outside all terminals and in all of its facilities since the FBI received information that Islamic terrorists were planning a "suicide massacre'' at JFK.

The threat was in apparent retribution for U.S. efforts to extradite Mousa Abu Marzuk, identified as a political leader of the Islamic resistance movement Hamas, to Israel. Marzuk, 45, detained at JFK on July 25, is wanted in Israel on charges he conspired to commit murder, manslaughter and assault.

At the Delta terminal Tuesday, some passengers said they were not too worried about the possible threat and were glad to see increased security.

"You can see they're more alert,'' said Max Sandmeir of Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York.