FBI, NYPD assess possible al-Qaida threat on US election eve

Officers from the NYPD anti-terror unit patrol Times Square, Friday Nov. 4, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Officers from the NYPD anti-terror unit patrol Times Square, Friday Nov. 4, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK (AP/WAVY) — The FBI and New York Police Department say they are assessing the credibility of information they received of a possible al-Qaida terror attack against the U.S. on the eve of Election Day.

Officials say Friday that counterterrorism investigators are reviewing the information that mentioned New York, Texas and Virginia as potential targets.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the intelligence came to investigators’ attention. An NYPD spokesman says in a statement the information “lacks specificity.”

Officers from the NYPD anti-terror unit patrol Times Square, Friday Nov. 4, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Officers from the NYPD anti-terror unit patrol Times Square, Friday Nov. 4, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

In a statement, the FBI said it was working closely with law enforcement agencies and sharing intelligence reports.

Officials say they regularly assess all possible security threats ahead of major events.

10 On Your Side spoke with Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland security, Brian Moran. He said, “We are asking Virginians to go about their business and enjoy weekend plans and get out and vote on Tuesday.”

Moran went onto say we are highly confident there will be no disruptions going on Tuesday, based on the he’s been given.

Both Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump are holding their Election Day parties Tuesday in New York City.

Virginia Department of Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortés released a statement Friday about Election Day security, which said:

The Department of Elections continues to work with our local, state, and federal partners to ensure the safety and security of our electoral process, as we have been for months. Our law enforcement partners report there are no known threats to Election Day in Virginia by foreign terror organizations. However, we remain extremely vigilant for any potential threats to the upcoming election and are working with our law enforcement partners to ensure an appropriate response. Virginia voters should be confident that they will be able to safely cast a ballot on Tuesday and that their votes will be accurately counted.”

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