The Department of Homeland Security issued a stark warning over the weekend; saying “domestic terrorists” could be plotting an attack during the 4th of July holiday.
“Federal authorities are warning that white supremacists and other political radicals could look to attack Independence Day revelers on July 4, noting in a bulletin to law enforcement around the country that domestic terrorists ‘have attacked perceived oppressors, opponents, or enemies engaged in outdoor First Amendment-protected rallies or protests during past summers,’” reports ABC News.
“The warning came in a joint intelligence bulletin issued by the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and National Counterterrorism Center, urging law enforcement personnel to remain vigilant for suspicious activity,” adds the website.
“The FBI, DHS, and NCTC remain concerned that [they] could target upcoming Independence Day celebrations, gatherings, or parades, though we are unaware of any current plots specifically targeting such events,” stated the bulletin, obtained by ABC News. “We note that attacks can occur with little to no warning because of the frequently lower levels of security around civilian targets, challenges in securing large crowds, and calls for attacks against soft targets.”
The warning comes hours after the Pentagon confirmed American airstrikes killed at least eight al Qaeda terrorists in Syria.
The Pentagon confirmed Monday a lethal airstrike against an al Qaeda terror training facility in Syria; killing multiple targets who were actively plotting attacks against “American citizens” outside of the Middle East.