NYC official says tourney not targeted
NEW YORK -- A top New York City police official said Wednesday there are no credible terror threats for the upcoming US Open despite the tournament being named a potential target by an al-Qaeda group.
Rebecca Weiner, the NYPD's director of intelligence analysis, said at a briefing that the Queens venue was suggested as a target in the most recent edition of Inspire magazine. That's the English-language online publication of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Weiner said the magazine detailed how to build a car bomb and suggested they be targeted at large gatherings of people, rather than buildings. She said the magazine listed locations in New York, Washington and Virginia.
The US Open will take place from Aug. 25 to Sept. 8.
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