Pro-ISIS Group Threatens LAX Attack; Security on Alert, but Officials Question Credibility of Threat

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A pro-Islamic State group’s Twitter account was used to make threats against Los Angeles International Airport and two other world airports. But law enforcement sources said they have no specific intelligence that deems the threat credible.

Traffic is jammed on the upper level for departing travelers at LAX on a Friday morning in May. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Traffic is jammed on the upper level for departing travelers at LAX on a Friday morning in May. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

The account identified and publicized by the SITE Intelligence Group warns of threatened attacks on planes “flying from (London’s) Heathrow (Airport) to the US” during the July 4 holiday weekend and warned  that “there will be a device placed in either Heathrow, LAX or JFK Airports.

SITE is a nongovernmental intelligence organization that tracked terrorism intelligence for nearly two decades.

Federal sources familiar with the intelligence said that while a threat may have been made, they do not consider it an executable plan and no information exists to suggest that such an operation is under way.

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