Upcoming Anniversary Of Osama Bin Laden’s Death Prompts FBI, DHS Bulletin
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The FBI and Department of Homeland Security have issued a bulletin discussing possible terrorist attacks to mark the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden.
WCBS 880’s Pat Carroll and Michael Wallace with Rep. Peter King
On May 2, 2011, a team of Navy SEALs stormed bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan and killed the Al-Qaeda leader. U.S. authorities are worried that terrorists might mark the date this year with an attack.
The bulletin said there wasn’t any specific credible threats, but it warned of “renewed efforts to target western aviation” and of “lone wolf” terrorists.
“We remain concerned that terrorists not yet identified by the intelligence community and law enforcement could seek to advance or execute attacks with little or no warning on or about the anniversary of bin Laden’s death,” the intelligence bulletin said.
“There is chatter or talk among various terrorists, various Al-Qaeda supporters, about avenging the death of bin Laden,” Rep. Peter King (R-New York), who heads the House Homeland Security Committee, told WCBS 880 on Thursday morning. “Basically with the first anniversary coming up, this is a warning, advisory to all Americans for keeping their eyes and ears out and also I would say to anyone in airlines, rail, anyone at all, to be extra cautious, extra careful.”
King said the public might notice increased security.
“Obviously if police or anyone questions you or asks you questions, understand why it’s being done,” King said.
The Associated Press reported that officials re concerned about Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
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