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Homeland Security warns terrorists may attack amid coronavirus pandemic


Homeland Security warns terrorists may attack amid coronavirus pandemic

By Natalie Musumeci

The Department of Homeland Security has sent a memo to law enforcement officials across the nation warning that terrorists may attempt to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic by attacking the US in the near future, according to a report.

The memo by the federal agency’s Counterterrorism Mission Center and Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office cautioned: “Violent extremists probably are seeking to exploit public fears associated with the spread of COVID-19 to incite violence, intimidate targets and promote their ideologies, and we assess these efforts will intensify in the coming months,” ABC News reported.

The agency said it has “no information indicating any active plotting is underway,” but did note that it has evidence of both foreign and domestic extremist groups seeking to spread fake news about the potentially deadly virus.

Read more: https://nypost.com/2020/03/25/homeland-security-warns-terrorists-may-attack-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/