FBI Investigating Terror Threat, Texas Gov. Releases Statement

FBI Investigating Terror Threat, Texas Gov. Releases Statement

AUSTIN, TX (AP/KSWO) -- The FBI and law enforcement officials in three states are assessing the credibility of newly received threats from al-Qaida about possible terror attacks in the United States before next Tuesday’s election.

Officials said Friday that counterterrorism investigators are reviewing the information that mentioned New York, Texas and Virginia as potential targets.

It wasn't immediately clear how the intelligence came to investigators' attention. In a statement, the FBI said it was working closely with law enforcement agencies and sharing intelligence reports.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has released a statement about the ongoing investigation which reads:

"My office is working with law enforcement officials and we are continuing to monitor the situation in close coordination with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Texans should go about their daily lives as usual, but remain vigilant over the next several days and report any suspicious activity to state or local law enforcement. The State of Texas will continue to do everything it can to ensure the safety and security of its citizens."

CBS News first reported of the potential threat.

(The Associated Press contributed to this article)

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