Daily Israel Report

Al Qaeda Threatens to Return to New York

A picture discovered on the Internet, alongside the words “Al Qaeda Coming Soon Again in New York” has caused alarm in New York Police Dept.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 4/4/2012, 12:40 PM

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A picture discovered on the Internet, early Monday morning, alongside the words “Al Qaeda Coming Soon Again in New York” has elicited alarm in the New York Police Department, The New York Times reported.

The image appeared on a website “where serious Al Qaeda people communicate and exchange information bout techniques, about explosive devices,“ said Mitchell D. Silber, the Police Department’s director of intelligence.

A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said that the image does not pose a specific or credible threat to New York at this time.

Yet, at the police department’s annual pre-Passover briefing for Jewish religious and community leaders, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly stated that investigators “are still, obviously, very much concerned abut the origination of this message” and are working with their counterparts in the federal government to understand its meaning, the timing and who is behind it, The New York Times reported.

“It reminds us that New York is still very much on their minds,” Kelly added.

Threatening images are all around, said Rabbi Abe Friedman, a Jewish leader in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

“We live in a society that we have to worry,” he said. “But we’re very fortunate to have the NYPD doing what they are doing every day.”