United States joint terrorism task forces have taken the unprecedented step of issuing a terrorist threat to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after receiving credible reports that Al Qaeda is planning to attack the region, the day before the American Presidential Election Polls open, this coming Monday, November 8th. Other Terrorists threats have also been issued for the American States of Texas and Virginia.
Of major concern are the airports, and the maze of tunnels and bridges which the New York Port Authority controls. Already under a high level of alert a port authority spokesman has told us that "We are continuing with the high level of patrols at all of our facilities that we have had in place for some time now,” but declined to elaborate any further.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) for thier part has also confirmed they are aware of the threat, but like the Port Authority said “the threat report lacked specifics and was still being assessed.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates airports, tunnels and bridges around New York city said they will continue with "high level of patrols" before and after Tuesday's vote.
Authority spokesman Steve Coleman declined to offer specifics of the warning but said: "We are continuing with the high level of patrols at all of our facilities that we have had in place for some time now".
The NYPD said it was "aware of the information" but said the threat report lacked specifics and was still being assessed. The FBI has also confirmed the threat and said that they are working closely with all federal, state and local law enforcement to identify and disrupt any potential threat in the run-up to the Federal Elections, adding that "The counter terrorism and homeland security communities remain vigilant and well-postured to defend against attacks here in the United States."
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Credits and Sources: ITV News UK, NYPD, FBI, United States joint terrorism task force, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey