U.S. officials are warning that a global terror threat from al Qaeda is ‘very specific’ and could last through August, as at least 22 embassies and consulates across the world prepared to shut down Sunday in fear of a possible attack.
‘We’re not certain exactly where something might happen but it’s very specific as to when and it’s also very specific as to the fact that it is going to happen, so we have to be on alert everywhere,’ Rep. Peter King, chairman of the subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, told WINS-AM. He said the threat is the ‘most specific’ he’s seen since the 9/11 attacks.
‘There’s very little doubt that something serious is being planned,’ King told CNN. ‘It’s a potential series of attacks. It could be anywhere.’
The U.S. issued a global travel alert for American travelers on Friday after intercepting electronic communication among top al Qaeda operatives in Yemen regarding an attack in its final planning stages. The al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen has been linked to plots to blow up American-bound cargo and commercial flights, according to the New York Times.
If traveling outside the U.S., King said: ‘I would let the American embassy know where you are. Basically check in and where you are and how long you plan to stay there and what your itinerary is.’
State Department officials said Thursday that they were taking action out of an ‘abundance of caution’ after receiving information the terror group was in the final stages of planning for an unspecified attack.