New York, NY, United States (4E) – Al Qaeda has called on followers in the U.S., U.K., France and other “crusading” countries to launch car bomb attacks in major cities and events through the latest edition of its online magazine, Inspire.
An article in the magazine titled “Car bombs in America” suggested as targets the cities of New York, Washington, Los Angeles and Chicago. Suggested places to bomb were the former “Sears Tower” in Chicago, military bases in northern Virginia and soccer stadiums in Great Britain. But people, not buildings, should be targeted, the article said.
Other suggested targets are political rallies and sporting events, like Premier League matches in Great Britain, and the timing should be during “election seasons” and between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
The Spring 2014 issue of Inspire also has an article on how bombers can disguise themselves and how to make a bomb, like the pressure cooker bombs used in the attack of the Boston Marathon last year that killed three people and injured more than 200 others.
John Miller, New York City’s deputy police commissioner for intelligence, told CBS News that the NYPD is combating the threat. Miller said critical response vehicles are posted at sensitive locations in the city.
He also cited the so-called Hercules teams consisting of heavily armed groups that can be deployed at high-profile locations with no notice.