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An Arab web forum put up a mock movie poster which warns New York that Al Qaeda will return, though authorities say there's no real threat.
A poster warning that Al Qaeda will return to New York "soon" was uploaded onto a radical site connected to the group on Monday, MSNBC reported. The NYPD and FBI are currently investigating.
The graphic has caught attention not just for its message but for its' sleek, movie-poster-like design, which shows the New York City skyline and reads "Al Qaeda Coming Soon Again in New York" in block letters at the bottom, the Daily Beast reported.
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New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne told the Associated Press that an Arab-language site based overseas posted the graphic on its “artwork and design” page. It is referred to as Category 1 website by the NYPD Intelligence Division, which means it is highly trafficked by Al Qaeda members, MSNBC reported.
However, experts do not believe that the poster points to any true threat.
"The chances are that this is mere braggadocio, not something that should scare New Yorkers," Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the author of “Bin Laden’s Legacy,” wrote in the New York Daily News. "And it is virtually certain that this does not presage a large-scale attack, à la 9/11."
“There is no specific or credible threat to New York,” FBI spokesman J. Peter Donald said, adding that the agency takes all threats seriously, the AP reported.
Al Qaeda has been blamed for the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York, which killed thousands of people and destroyed the World Trade Center.
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