In the midst of heightened security concerns following Tuesday’s terrorist bombing at the Istanbul Airport that killed 44 people, a pro-ISIS Twitter account has threatened attacks at Los Angeles International Airport and New York’s JFK airports over the July 4 holiday weekend, as well as London’s Heathrow Airport.
The account said that attacks would take place 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.’
Authorities in the U.S. are bracing for a weekend of traffic chaos as it was revealed that up to 43 million people will be travelling across the country this holiday weekend.
SITE Intelligence Group , the world’s leading non-governmental counterterrorism organization that tracks the online activity of terrorist groups, revealed the threat on its website.
Longer lines than usual are expected at New York City’s JFK airport in the wake of heightened security fears following deadly attacks at Istanbul airport and Dhaka – which ISIS have claimed responsibility for
According to Daily Mail, the group is directed by founder Rita Katz, who has tracked and analyzed global terrorism and jihadi networks for nearly two decades.
Port Authority police officers stand guard near a departures entrance at John F. Kennedy International Airport
She is well-recognized as one of the most knowledgeable and reliable experts in the field and has received special recognition from FBI Director Robert Mueller for her ‘outstanding assistance to the FBI in connection with its investigative efforts.’
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.
In the wake of the Istanbul attack experts have called for a worldwide rethink on airport security.
The demands reflect the increased likelihood of terror attacks throughout Europe, with seven countries across the continent considered ‘high risk’ by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Indeed, the June 28 attack in Turkey hit one day after the US State Department issued a travel warning to American citizens about the increased terror threat in the Turkey – and to avoid the south of the country altogether.
The current threat level in Turkey is currently classified as an emergency alert.
And at the beginning of June, the State Department issued a Europe-wide travel alert, specifically concerning the European Soccer Championship currently underway in France and for the Catholic Church’s World Youth day in Poland this July.