FBI warns of possible IS attacks on US churches, holiday gatherings

The FBI on Friday issued a warning to local law enforcement to be aware that supporters of Islamic State have been calling for their sympathisers to attack holiday gatherings in the United States, including churches.

FBI warns of possible IS attacks on US churches, holiday gatherings

The FBI on Friday issued a warning to local law enforcement to be aware that supporters of Islamic State have been calling for their sympathisers to attack holiday gatherings in the United States, including churches.

The warning was issued after a publicly available list of US churches was posted on a militants’ social media site. It also came just days after Monday’s attack at a Christmas market in Berlin that left 12 dead and 56 injured.


The warning, issued in a bulletin to local law enforcement, said there were no known specific, credible threats.

"The FBI is aware of the recent link published online that urges attacks against U.S. churches. As with similar threats, the FBI is tracking this matter while we investigate its credibility," the FBI said in a statement.

Earlier this week the Islamic State supporting social media group published the list of churches which are located across all 50 states, CNN reported.

On Friday, police in Australia detained five men suspected of planning a series of Christmas Day attacks using explosives, knives and a gun in the heart of Melbourne.

FBI spokesman Andrew Ames said US citizens are advised to maintain awareness of their surroundings and report suspicious activity. The FBI asked for extra vigilance at churches over Christmas. Previous threats by Isis supporters had centred on potential military targets.