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City police and the Joint Terrorist Task Force on Thursday searched the Con Edison complex that houses massive gas tanks, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Brooklyn Army Terminal and a pier warehouse in what they suspect could be a plot to blow up seven sites along the Brooklyn waterfront on New Year's Eve.

"Bombs being planted on New Year's Eve? You better believe we're taking this threat very seriously," police spokesman Lt. Ray O'Donnell said. He said that on Christmas Eve, a subway rider on the R train found a suspicious map whose "notations . . . indicated that bombs would go off at seven Brooklyn waterfront industrial sites."

CBS news reported Thursday that a source told them that there were notations on the map in Arabic. The source said that the notations named what it called an Iraqi terrorist group, that the sites were being targeted for bombing on New Year's Eve and that the name of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was also mentioned. Police would not confirm or deny any possible Iraqi connection.

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