FBI Warning of ISIS Threats to Churches, Holiday Events


FBI Warning Issued Out of an Abundance of Caution

An FBI warning issued to law enforcement agencies and private security companies throughout the United States. The bulletin says there are no known specific, creditable threats. However, the bulletin was issued out of an abundance of caution given the public nature of the posted threats and the holiday season. The bulletin was sent today after pro-ISIS websites published a publicly available list of churches in the U.S. It also gave signs of suspicious activity that law enforcement should be aware of. The more recent threats, aside from focusing on military and enforcement targets, include the types of attacks recently occurring in Berlin, Nice, France, and Columbus, Ohio.


FBI Warning About ISIS Sympathizers

The FBI warning today said that ISIS sympathizers “continue aspirational calls for attacks on holiday gatherings, including targeting churches.” Vocativ.com posted that a Abu Marya al-Iraqi wrote an Arabic-language message calling “for bloody celebrations in the Christian New Year” and announced the group’s plans to utilize its network of lone wolf attackers to “turn the Christian New Year into a bloody horror movie.”

The series of messages, according to vocativ.com appeared in a pro-ISIS group on Telegram which also provides manuals for the use of preparations of weapons and explosives for aspiring assailants. In another group post, a member summoned “the sons of Islam” to target “churches, well-known hotels, crowded coffee shops, streets, markets and public places.” This was followed with a shared list of addresses in the United States, as well as Canada, France, and the Netherlands.



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