Texans asked to call in suspicious activity after terror threat surfaces

Texans asked to call in suspicious activity after terror threat surfaces

JEFFERSON COUNTY - With Election day around the corner, some voters are on high alert. A report surfaced Friday, claiming al-Qaeda is planning terror attacks on Monday. Texas, New York and Virginia were specifically mentioned in the threat.

The credibility of the information is still being investigated but leaders say you can act normal.

Officials just ask you report any suspicious activity.

Acting United States Attorney Brit Featherston, who has extensive Homeland Security experience, says Southeast Texans don't need to worry because the threats will be investigated and handled.

"This is not the first time that there have been potential threats out there," said Featherston. "They should go about their normal, daily business... we're living in one of the ...safest places in the world and should not be fearful at all."

While three states were named in the threat report, no cities or landmarks have been pinpointed.

Featherston thinks that even if the threat against Texas is found to be credible, he's doubtful Southeast Texas is a specific target.

"If you look at the past events that have happened and past plots that have become known, most of those have been focused on bigger metropolitan areas," said Featherston.

Officials are asking the public to stay vigilant.

"If you see something unusual or suspicious, you say something," said Featherston. "You call the police, you call 911 and you report it. It's better to...have law enforcement check it out than to be sorry later."

Federal Investigators have also been on alert for months over threats of a cyber breach during the election.

They say the fact that U.S. voting systems are not linked, means they would be difficult to hack.
 

(© 2016 KBMT)


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