U.S. Officials Warn of Pre-Election Terrorist Attack
This week, federal officials notified authorities across the nation that unspecified locations in New York, Virginia, and Texas could be the target of an al Qaeda inspired terrorist attack planned for early next week—right around the U.S. presidential election. Officials say that this threat is low level and uncorroborated, but it should be taken seriously out of an abundance of caution. Further, while threats like these are relatively common, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) has been paying closer attention to this particular threat due to the close proximity to a major U.S. election. Since this information was released, security in these three states, especially in the cities, has been ramped up. In response to this threat, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said that "Texans should go about their daily lives as usual, but remain vigilant over the next several days and report any suspicious activity."