NEW YORK — A terrorist organization has warned they may target three states the day before the U.S. presidential election, CBS news reports, but NYPD said the "credibility of those reports is still being assessed."
Sources told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton that U.S. intelligence has alerted joint terrorism task forces that al-Qaeda could be planning the attacks.
Though no specific locations are mentioned, the three states targeted are reported to be New York, Texas and Virginia.
U.S. authorities have not confirmed the credibility of these threats.
Law enforcement in New York said they are "aware of the information."
Stephen P. Davis, deputy commissioner for public information for the NYPD, released this statement to PIX11 News:
We are aware of the information. We have been working with the FBI through the Joint Terrorism Task Force and our Counterterrorism and Intelligence Bureaus. In every case, we take any intelligence reports regarding New York City seriously. I would point out that the credibility of those reports is still being assessed and the information lacks specificity.
Our security remains a shared responsibility. We continue to encourage anyone with any information that could be relevant to the safety of our city to contact law enforcement.
Counterterrorism officials were alerted to the threats out of an "abundance of caution," CBS reports.
A source described as a senior FBI official told CBS News that "counterterrorism and homeland security communities remain vigilant and well-postured to defend against attacks here in the United States."
Experts said potential threats typically increase during holiday seasons and when major events are approaching, both of which are applicable in early November of an election year in the U.S.
Election Day is Tuesday, and both Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump are holding their Election Day parties in New York City.
Increased security already was planned for Election Day, as federal law enforcement plan for "several worst-case scenarios," CBS News reports.