FBI Warns of ‘Credible Threats’ to NJ Synagogues

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The FBI in Newark, New Jersey, announced on social media on Nov. 3 that it has received “credible information of a broad threat to synagogues” in the state.

“We ask at this time that you take all security precautions to protect your community and facility. We will share more information as soon as we can. Stay alert. In case of emergency call police,” the tweet said.

In a second tweet, the FBI said it was taking a “proactive measure” via the warning, while “investigative processes are carried out.”

ABC News reported that the type of threat wasn’t immediately clear, but law enforcement sources said it wasn’t a bomb threat.

CBS News reported that New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy was in touch with law enforcement about the threat.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and we are working with local law enforcement to ensure that all houses of worship are protected,” Murphy wrote on Twitter.

During a morning press conference on Nov. 4 with over 500 Jewish leaders in the area, the Newark office FBI agent James E. Dennehy announced that the suspect has been located, though it is unclear if he is in police custody. Officials believe the suspect acted alone.

“He no longer poses a threat to the community at this time,” Dennehy said.

This article was updated on Nov. 4.


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