US authorities warn of Qaeda threat to prez election
Authorities in the United States have warned of possible terror attacks in the country around election day. CBS News reported earlier on Friday that US intelligence officials had warned local authorities in New York, Texas and Virginia about possible attacks by the al Qaeda on Monday, a day before the US presidential election.
“The counterterrorism and homeland security communities remain vigilant and well-postured to defend against attacks here in the US,” a senior official told CBS News.
“The FBI, working with our federal, state and local counterparts, shares and assesses intelligence on a daily basis and will continue to work closely with law enforcement and intelligence community partners to identify and disrupt any potential threat to public safety.”
The FBI did not comment on details of the CBS report. “The counterterrorism and homeland security communities remain vigilant and well-postured to defend against attacks here in the United States,” it said in a statement on Friday.
Earlier this week, the FBI has already begun warning local officials to take precautions when election day hits.
“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 NYPD 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,” said spokesman Steve Coleman of the Port Authority, which operates airports, tunnels and bridges around the New York City area.
The US authorities have also warned that Russia, whom they believe were connected to hacks on political organisations including the Democratic National Committee, may interfere with the polls, The Washington Post reported.