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Thanksgiving Terror Attack Alert Warns of Possible Lone Wolf Attacks

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Members of the New York City Police department patrol in Times Square on Nov. 26, 2015 in New York City. (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 21 Nov 2016 10:12 AM

A Thanksgiving terror attack alert has been sent by the FBI to authorities around the country, alerting them that shopping malls and special events with large crowds may be targets for lone wolf attacks.

The FBI cited potential indicators for a person who could be involved with a lone wolf attack, such as the suspect becoming isolated from friends and family, a change in lifestyle, and increased use of encrypted forms of communications, CBS News reported.

The alert stated that locations in Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia would be "target rich" environments for attacks with guns, IEDs, and drones mounted with IEDs.

New York City police announced last week that it was beefing up security at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade after ISIS encouraged its supporter to possibly mimic a July 14 terrorist attack in Nice, France, NBC News reported.

In that attack, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel used a 19-ton truck to barrel into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day, killing 86 people and injuring more than 200 others before police shot and killed him.

Terrorism experts told NBC News that the low-tech strategy was copied from similar past al-Qaeda attacks that occurred on the Arabian Peninsula and assaults in Israel.

ISIS, in its latest edition of its English-language magazine Rumiyah, called the Thanksgiving Day parade an "excellent target," the New York Post reported.

"The method of such an attack is that a vehicle is plunged at a high speed into a large congregation of (non-believers), smashing their bodies with the vehicle's strong outer frame while advancing forward — crushing their heads, torsos, and limbs under the vehicle's wheels and chassis — and leaving behind a trail of carnage," the Rumiyah statement said, according to the Post.

The Boston FBI last week urged residents there to "remain guarded" in a statement to WFXT-TV.

"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 said.

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A Thanksgiving terror attack alert has been sent by the FBI to authorities around the country, alerting them that shopping malls and special events with large crowds may be targets for lone wolf attacks.
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