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Fear of ISIS Halloween: Police in Northern Virginia are stepping up security at shopping malls amid potential threat

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Fear of ISIS Halloween: Police in Northern Virginia are stepping up security at shopping malls amid potential threat

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Northern Virginia Police are stepping up security in public spaces such as malls and malls this weekend after receiving reports of a potential terrorist threat from ISIS over Halloween weekend, officials said on Friday.

Law enforcement officials did not provide details on the exact nature of the threat. However, several media outlets, including FOX 5 DC and CBS News, have reported that the threat may be linked to the terrorist group ISIS. Rumors about the potential link to ISIS have circulated on social media but have not yet been publicly corroborated by law enforcement.

“Yesterday we received information regarding the potential impacts on public safety of malls and shopping centers in the area,” Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said at a press conference . “As you all know, we take all information very seriously and as we work to corroborate it, we have increased our police presence throughout the county to include major thoroughfares, transit centers, shopping malls and highways. shopping centers.”

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Davis did not specify what information his department received, although he noted that they were in regular contact with federal law enforcement partners. The police chief said the planned presence in major population centers would be in line with security measures taken during other public holiday weekends.

Fairfax County Police officials did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.

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Shoppers carry their purchases during “Black Friday” at an upscale mall in Tysons Corner, Va. On November 26, 2010. REUTERS / Jason Reed

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said it was “aware of information circulating in our area regarding potential threats to malls and shopping centers this weekend in the Washington, DC area.”

“This information is limited and there is nothing specific to Loudoun County,” the statement said. “As we work to corroborate the information with our local, state and federal partners in the National Capital Region, the LCSO will increase patrols this weekend in high-visibility locations to include malls, malls and other commercial establishments. ”

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General view of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover building in Washington, USA on March 10, 2019. REUTERS / Mary F. Calvert

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The local FBI office in Washington DC told local media Inside NoVa it had no comment.

“However, we remind you that the FBI takes all potential threats to public safety seriously, and we are taking all appropriate steps to determine the credibility of any information we receive,” a spokesperson said.

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