FBI to establish command centres for July 4 terror threats

FBI increases surveillance for potential terrorist attack that could target July 4 celebrations

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The FBI is setting up command centres across the country to monitor potential terrorist threats over the July 4 weekend, according to a federal law enforcement source speaking to Fox News.

Several federal agencies warned Americans on Monday to be on high alert for terrorist attacks on the holiday weekend as the ISIS threat continues to grow.

The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Counterterrorism Center are working to track down any ISIS activities and followers in the country and abroad.

The warning didn’t mention any specific known plots, but it came on the heels of a terrorist attack at a beach resort in Tunisia on Friday, which left more than 30 people dead. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack.

“Although there is no specific, credible threat surrounding the holiday, its symbolic nature offers a potential target for terror groups like ISIS,” the source told Fox News.

Authorities are particularly concerned about soft targets like shopping malls and other areas where there are large gatherings of people and rather light security, according to the source.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also issued a statement on Friday after the attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait, saying in part, “Particularly with the upcoming July 4th holiday here in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI continue to communicate with state and local law enforcement about what we know and see.”

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