New York. U.S. intelligence has alerted joint terrorism task forces that al Qaeda could be planning attacks in three states for Monday.
It is believed New York, Texas and Virginia are all possible targets, though no specific locations are mentioned. Counterterrorism officials were alerted to the threat out of abundance of caution.
This intelligence alert of possible attacks by al Qaeda around Election Day, putt local law enforcement on alert the weekend before Tuesday’s vote.
Both the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey were given the information, the local agencies said.
U.S. authorities are taking the threat seriously, though the sources stress the intelligence is still being assessed and its credibility hasn’t been confirmed.
Spokesman of the Port Authority, Steve Coleman said, “We are continuing with the high level of patrols at all of our facilities that we have had in place for some time now.”
The NYPD said the threat report lacked specifics and was still being assessed.
The NYPD said, “We are aware of the information. We have been working with the FBI through the Joint Terrorism Task Force and our Counterterrorism and Intelligence Bureaus.”
The United States has collected intelligence about a possible al Qaeda threat to attack around election time.
As a consequence, some agencies sent bulletins to local and state officials flagging the information. However, the nonspecific threat was relatively low level.
The FBI said in a statement, “The counterterrorism and homeland security communities remain vigilant and well-postured to defend against attacks here in the United States.”