Published May 03, 2016
WWE and federal authorities are taking an alleged threat from the Islamic State plotting to attack Sunday’s pay-per-view event in Atlanta seriously.
The International Business Times reported Saturday Anonymous uncovered a terror plot from the extremist group to attack the U.S., Indonesia, Italy and Lebanon as well as Paris on Sunday. The hacktivist group reportedly said the target in the U.S. was the Philips Arena in Atlanta where WWE’s annual event Survivor Series will be held.
Anonymous later tweeted saying it didn’t know where the rumors of the attacks originated.
Nonetheless, the FBI said in a statement it is aware of an alleged threat from ISIS, but the bureau didn’t have “specific or credible information of an attack.”
“While we take all threats seriously, we do not have specific or credible information of an attack at this time,” J. Britt Johnson, special agent at the FBI Atlanta Field Office, said in a statement. “We have, however, made the proper notifications as we continue to work closely with our law enforcement and private sector partners to keep our community safe.”
Jim Butterworth, Director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, told Fox 5 Atlanta he didn’t think the arena was an identifiable threat. He added, however, “in light of the world we live in, we take the suggested possibility of attacks seriously,”
WWE and Philips Arena released a joint statement confirming there wasn’t “specific information involving a threat against” the event but will increase security to ensure the safety of its guests.
The event is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m.