Police: Al Qaeda Magazine Suggesting Attack On US Open
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The US Open Tennis Championship appears on a wish list of terror targets in an al Qaeda magazine, an NYPD official said Wednesday.
In a briefing for New York City’s private security community, Rebecca Weiner, the NYPD’s director of intelligence analysis, warned that Inspire magazine is instructing would-be terrorists on how to make bombs and where to set them off, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.
The magazine lists targets in Washington, D.C.; Virginia; and New York — including the US Open, which begins Aug. 25 in Flushing Meadows, Queens.
Weiner stressed that police are not aware of any specific threats against the tournament.
“We will ensure that the suggestions in this magazine remain hypothetical,” she said. “Nonetheless, we would be remiss not to take note of it as this event comes up.”
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the biggest concern is lone wolves who operate under law enforcement’s radar.
“Two thousand years ago, the expression was ‘all roads lead to Rome,'” Bratton said. “Well, in 2014, as it relates to this subject matter, terrorism, unfortunately all roads lead to New York City.”
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