Doug Bedell — May 12, 2011, 5:13 pm

Lone Attackers Most Likely At Present, Feds Warn

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are advising state and local law enforcement agencies that the most likely al Qaeda-connected response to the killing of Osama bin Laden is likely to come from lone wolf individuals, CNN reports.

A May 9 advisory from the two federal agencies says lone attackers linked sympathetic to ad Qaeda are the greatest current threat because they are “unburdened by organizational constraints that can slow operational decisions by established terrorist groups.”

It adds, however, that there is “no credible information to suggest that a specifically target plot is underway.” Attacks by lone perpetrators are considered the most difficult to detect. But state and local law enforcement are urged to be on the lookout for suspicius activity – and we’d add the operators of sensitive, security protected facilities to that concern.

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