Three states targeted in possible Al-Qaeda attack on Monday, CBS reports
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana State Police tells CBS4 News, there have been no credible threats made to the Central Indiana region ahead of Tuesday’s election as federal authorities look into a possible threat made by Al-Qaeda.
As millions of Americans head to the polls next week, sources are telling CBS News, Al-Qaeda could be planning terror attacks for Monday. New York, Texas, and Virginia were heard in intercepted conversations overseas, but no specific locations were spoken of. The threats have not been confirmed to be credible yet.
In Indiana, the FBI, Homeland Security, and State Police are working to protect Hoosiers. So far, State Police reports there is nothing credible for us to be worried about.
“Any information that we receive that would create a threat for our citizens in our area, we would definitely relay that information right away. But at this point we just haven’t received any,” reassured Sgt. John Perrine with State Police.
He insisted authorities see a jump in threats around larger events like Election Day, however it is important for Hoosiers to pay attention to their surroundings in the coming days and report anything suspicious.
“Specifically on Election Day, if you see something out of the ordinary, or something that appears suspicious, we need that phone call. You need to call 911. You need to alert authorities so that we can investigate,” said Perrine. “Although we work very hard, we can’t be everywhere all the time. We need the public’s help.”
Meanwhile NBC is reporting Russian hackers could send a series of cyber-attacks on Election Day.
The Indianapolis FBI office is aware of these threats. Special Agent Wendy Osborne sent us this statement:
The FBI is being more proactive by making election fraud and campaign finance oversight a year round program. We have at least one Special Agent (SA), who is an Election Crime Coordinator, in every field office (including Indianapolis) who has had specialized training in handling complaints and investigating election crimes. There is also an increased emphasis on liaison efforts during election cycles. The Election Crime Coordinators meet with state and local election officials in their jurisdictions, and FBIHQ conducts liaison on the national level with voter advocacy groups. The Indianapolis Office is fully prepared to identify, initiate, and investigate a variety of election crime violations.