U.S. intel warning of possible al Qaeda attacks in U.S. day before election

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US terrorism experts say al Qaeda could be planning attacks on Monday, ahead of the election, in three different states.

NY, Texas and Virginia are all possible targets, according to CBS News.

Authorities are taking the threats seriously but don’t know of any specific targets in those states that have been identified.

A senior FBI official told CBS News, “The counterterrorism and homeland security communities remain vigilant and well-postured to defend against attacks here in the United States. 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.”

US intelligence has reportedly alerted joint terrorism task forces about the potential for attacks the day before Election Day.

The credibility of the intelligence has not yet been confirmed, but law enforcement agencies on the federal, state and local levels are preparing for worst-case scenarios.  CBS News reports that local police departments have been warned that polling places can be “attractive targets” for lone-wolf types.

The FBI is also working closely with the Dept. of Homeland Security to identify potential threats.

Intelligence experts say there’s typically an increase in the ‘volume of threats’ leading up to holidays or events like a national election and that it’s important to investigate all of them thoroughly.

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