US Officials Deny Possible IS Terror Plot
CNN reported on Saturday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was looking into a possible terrorist attack in California plotted by Islamic State militants. The investigation was carried out based on intercepted communications; subsequently, intelligence information and security measures were heightened in the state.
However, a law enforcement official who didn’t want to be identified denied that there was such threat.
According to Reuters, he said, “There is no known or specific threat to Los Angeles or any airport in our territory.”
In its report, CNN also said that law enforcement agencies handling security around airports were also alerted, though no confirmation was issued if the possible attack would be executed though aviation.
Some other cities had tightened security, the report said. However, no further details were offered.
A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson said, “Over the last few months, we have made a number of security adjustments, including enhanced screening at select overseas airports and increasing random searches of passengers and carry-on luggage on flights inbound to the U.S., reflecting an evolving threat picture.”
He also said that security layers had been added to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, an online application system that screens passengers before they board for any vehicle bound for the U.S.
More law enforcement personnel were stationed outside U.S. federal facilities in February, he said.
“The department has conducted significant outreach efforts … with state and local law enforcement partners regarding these trends and engaging in a series of meetings and events with local community leaders across the country to counter violent extremism,” he said.
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