Hope this never happens…
Federal authorities, in the days leading to Independence Day, warned of potential attacks against revelers at the hands of “homegrown terrorists,” referring to those inspired by overseas jihadi groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and al-Qaeda.
The warning came as ISIS threatened to target the celebrations marking the birth of the United States in the nation’s capital and New York.
ABC News obtained the bulletin, jointly issued by the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).
Federal authorities also cautioned law enforcement officers about possible attacks by “domestic” terrorists.
Consistent with the bulletin, a spokesperson for the FBI acknowledged that the agency is not aware of any specific, credible threats surrounding Independence Day.
In a statement, the spokesperson said:
The FBI currently has no credible and specific information to indicate attacks are being planned against July 4th events. The FBI regularly assesses intelligence regarding possible threats to the U.S. and will continue to work closely with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners should there be any potential threat to public safety.
We ask members of the public to maintain awareness of their surroundings and to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.
The bulletin reportedly urged law enforcement to remain vigilant for suspicious activity.