Possible al-Qaeda terror threat on US election eve

FBI, NYPD assess intelligence as New York, Texas and Virginia mentioned as potential targets

View of the Manhattan skyline, New York City, on October 14, 2016. (Mendy Hechtman/Flash90)
View of the Manhattan skyline, New York City, on October 14, 2016. (Mendy Hechtman/Flash90)

NEW YORK — The FBI and New York Police Department said Friday that they are assessing the credibility of information they received of a possible al-Qaeda terror attack against the US on the eve of Election Day.

Officials said counterterrorism investigators are reviewing the information that mentioned New York, Texas and Virginia as potential targets.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the intelligence came to investigators’ attention. An NYPD spokesman said in a statement that the information “lacks specificity.”

The FBI said it was working closely with law enforcement agencies and sharing intelligence reports.

CBS reported that the FBI and New York Police Department are assessing the credibility of information they received of a possible al-Qaeda terror attack against the U.S. on the eve of Election Day. November 4, 2016.
CBS reported that the FBI and New York Police Department are assessing a possible al-Qaeda terror attack against the US on the eve of Election Day. November 4, 2016. (Screen capture: YouTube)

Officials say they regularly assess all possible security threats ahead of major events.

CBS News first reported of the potential threat.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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