Intelligence officials have warned of potential terrorist attacks in the U.S. for Nov. 7, the day before Election Day, at the hands of al-Qaida.
Intelligence officials alerted terrorism tasks forces across the country that al-Qaida was planning attacks in three states for the Monday before the election, sources revealed to CBS News. New York, Texas and Virginia were all believed to be possible targets.
Authorities are said to be taking the threat seriously, but the credibility of the threat has not been confirmed.
“The counterterrorism and homeland security communities remain vigilant and well-postured to defend against attacks here in the U.S.,” an FBI official told CBS News. “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.”
The news comes as federal and state authorities are preparing for potential cyberattacks on voting systems throughout the country on Election Day, Reuters reported. Authorities are also preparing for the possibility of violence and civil unrest as a result of the outcome of the presidential election.
Local police were also reportedly warned of polling locations being scouted as “attractive targets” for “lone wolf” attacks by extremists.
Intelligence regarding threats always increases around the holidays and whenever significant events are taking place, noted CBS News.