Washington County, Va. Sheriff’s Office notified of possible al-Qaida threat targeting Virginia, other states

WASHINGTON COUNTY, VA (WJHL) – Washington County, Va. Sheriff Fred Newman said the sheriff’s office has been notified about the potential al-Qaida threat targeting New York, Texas and Virginia the day before the election.

When we contacted Newman Friday, he said his agency was notified about the threat through the Virginia Fusion Center.

It’s still unclear what part of Virginia has been named in the threat.

News Channel 11 also reached out to the Virginia State Police about the threat. The following is a statement emailed from VSP officials:

The state police, through the Virginia Fusion Center and our local, state and federal public safety and homeland security partners, continues to assess any potential threats associated with the election or other major events taking place within the Commonwealth. We have been and will continue to remain vigilant on all fronts to detect and deter any dangers that could impact Virginia.

In addition, the Virginia State Police already has plans in place, in coordination with our local partners, to ensure the safety and well-being of our communities on Election Day.

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