PRO ISIS Account Threatened London, NY Airports.
A pro-ISIS twitter account has threatened attacks at London Heathrow, LAX and New York’s JFK airports over the July 4 holiday weekend.
The account said that attacks would be carried out on planes ‘flying from Heathrow [Airport] to the US’ and warned that ‘there will be a device placed in either Heathrow, LAX or JFK airports.’
The threat was revealed by SITE Intelligence Group – the world’s leading non-governmental counterterrorism organization – on its website
British Transport minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon called for the British public to be cautious.
He said: ‘We all need to be vigilant to the global threat of terrorism – in the UK we keep all aspects of aviation security under constant review and work closely with our international partners to mitigate risks.
‘We will continue to take all steps necessary to keep the public safe, but for security reasons we do not comment in detail on specific measures or operational matters.’
Heathrow Airport declined to comment on the apparent threat and referred inquiries to the Department for Transport.
This comes as authorities in the US brace themselves for a weekend of traffic chaos as it was revealed that up to 43 million people will be travelling across the country for Fourth of July weekend.
Huge firework displays will take place across the nation, as well as concerts and family fun days.
On Thursday, the FBI said there are no specific or credible security threats against the United States known to law enforcement heading into the Fourth of July weekend.
‘However, law enforcement and members of the public must remain vigilant. … The FBI asks members of the public to maintain awareness of their surroundings and to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement,’ an FBI spokeswoman said in a statement.
An internal briefing document shared with government officials and called for the Department of Homeland Security to be on alert following recent attacks, such as the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, and calls from Islamic State supporters for attacks in the Western Hemisphere.