No 'credible' threat to US of Paris-style attack: FBI

19th November 2015, Comments 0 comments

The director of the FBI said Thursday there was no specific threat to the United States of a Paris-style terror attack and played down warning videos by the Islamic State group.

Major Western world cities are on high alert after the extremists said they were responsible for Friday's wave of gun and bomb attacks on the French capital that killed at least 129 people.

A new IS propaganda video has emerged threatening New York, in which a man prepares a suicide vest and is seen fingering its trigger, interlaced with footage of Times and Herald Squares.

But FBI Director James Comey, speaking in Washington, said: "We are not aware of any credible threat here (in the US) of a Paris-type attack. And we have seen no connection at all between the Paris attackers and the United States.

"ISIL and its supporters put out all kinds of propaganda like videos and magazines, but that is not credible intelligence," he said, using an alternate acronym for IS.

"Of course we investigate all of those propaganda threats. But instead the threat here focuses primarily on troubled souls in America who are being inspired or enabled online to do something violent for ISIL."

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