Latest Terror Warning Focuses On 2 Western States

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The FBI has warned police agencies in the West to be especially vigilant about the possibility that Al Qaeda terrorists may be planning attacks in California or New Mexico, the Los Angeles Times reports. “We don’t have a time or a date or anything specific related to the threat,” said Bill Elwell, FBI spokesman in Albuquerque. “We are just letting people know that we have this information and asking them to remain vigilant.” California has routinely been mentioned in previous FBI bulletins; it was unclear why New Mexico also was cited in the latest advisory, though it is home to Kirtland Air Force Base and Sandia National Laboratories, a nuclear weapons research facility. Officials said intelligence reports indicate “that possible Al Qaeda elements exist” in Los Angeles, California and New Mexico “and are planning terrorist attacks.” The warning states that a planned attack in the U.S. in May “was postponed due to increased security.”

Los Angeles Police Commander Mark Leap noted that there were key differences between the latest terror warning and others allegedly targeting Los Angeles International Airport and a shopping mall. “The mall threat was specific as to the date, the type of attack and an approximate location,” Leap said. “So we had quite a bit of information to respond to on that one.”


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