Federal officials are warning they have intelligence suggesting a possible al Qaeda terror attack being planned for the Monday prior to Election Day.
The three states being warned to be most vigilant are New York, Texas, and Virginia, though no specifics have been provided as of yet.
Intelligence officials have alerted joint terrorism task forces to be aware of the increased threat.
Via CBS News:
CBS News has learned about a potential terror threat for the day before the election.
Sources told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton that 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.
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. Counterterrorism officials were alerted to the threat out of abundance of caution.
An FBI official said that “counterterrorism and homeland security communities remain vigilant and well-postured to defend against attacks here in the United States.”
Just last week, officials warned local law enforcement agencies of the possibility that extremists could execute lone wolf-style attacks at polling places on Election Day.
Cross-posted at the Political Insider