The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reportedly warned banks and financial institutions in New York of potential terrorist attacks by Al-Qaeda.
The FBI and members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force have been issuing briefings about imminent threats to the public sector since the September 2001 attacks whenever circumstances warrant or new threats are revealed.
Speaking to Bloomberg, Jim Margolin, a spokesperson for the New York office of the FBI said that published reports focusing on financial businesses came to light a month back, following which banks were briefed about potential threats from the Group.
The media report says that in January, an editorial titled "Is it halal to dispossess the wealth of the disbelievers in America and other Western Countries?" and written by Yemeni American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki appeared on the Internet magazine Inspire. The editorial specifically identifies targets in Government owned property, banks and global corporations. Awlaki belongs to the faction Al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula (AQAP) and has been known to urge killings of American civilians and military personnel in earlier video postings.
“Let me assure all of New York one thing,” Bloomberg said at a press conference Sunday. “We are deploying the full array of protection. We will spare no expense. Video: 'This is sobering news'
“Get up tomorrow, go to work and enjoy the freedom terrorists find so threatening.”