Editor’s Note: Al Qaeda’s english publication, ‘Inspire’, claims to target the tennis tournament in Queens, New York. Though the NYPD’s top counter-terror official dismisses the idea, NY is still on the alert. After all, when Al Qaeda says they want to blow up a bunch of people, they’re mad enough to do it.
The upcoming U.S. Open tennis tournament at Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York, has being named as a potential target by an Al Qaeda group.
Speaking at a counterterror briefing for both civilian and law enforcement officials on Wednesday, NYPD Director of Intelligence Analysis Rebecca Weiner said the venue had been suggested as a target in the most recent edition of Inspire, the English-language online publication of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
She said the magazine detailed how to build a car bomb and suggested it be targeted at large gatherings of people, rather than buildings, and listed other locations in New York, Washington and Virginia.
We will ensure that the suggestions in this magazine remain hypothetical,’ Weiner said.
This year’s tournament is scheduled to run between August 25 and September 8.