FBI Alert: Possible Terrorist Attack on Thanksgiving, Inauguration Day

November 20, 2016 11:49 am Last Updated: November 20, 2016 1:13 pm

The FBI on Friday sent out an alert of a possible terrorist attack on Thanksgiving, according to CBS News, citing a bulletin.

The federal law enforcement agency, in alerting officials across the U.S., said there could potentially be a terrorist attack on Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, 2017.

The alert named shopping malls, special events, and crowded venues as potential targets for “homegrown terrorists,” CBS reported. Washington D.C. and parts of Virginia were called “target-rich” areas, and possible tactics include bomb attacks, mass shootings, or “drones equipped with IEDs,” the report said.

The alert follows the publication of al-Qaeda’s infamous “Inspire” magazine, which also named the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade as an “excellent target” for a terrorist attack.

The FBI later issued a statement to local broadcaster FOX25 in Boston. “While there is no specific threat information about possible attacks in our area as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, law enforcement and members of the public must remain guarded,” the statement read.

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Meanwhile, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said there isn’t a specific, credible threat to Boston.

“We’re going to have more visibility out on the streets,” Walsh told WBZ-TV on Friday. “People are going to see more police officers out there. You know, even during the holiday season, the shopping, we try to put more visibility out there.”