FBI Warns Of Threat To Synagogues In N.J.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 24: F.B.I. Director Christopher Wray (R) and  U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland speak at a press conference at the U.S. Department of Justice on on October 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Justice Department announced it has charged 13 individuals, including members of the Chinese intelligence and their agents, for alleged efforts to unlawfully exert influence in the United States for the benefit of the government of China. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The nature of the threat was vague. The FBI’s Newark office released a statement urging synagogues to “take all security precautions to protect your community and facility” but wouldn’t say anything about who made the threat or why.
  • The alert was posted after officials discovered an online threat directed broadly at synagogues in New Jersey, a law enforcement official said. The official said that the posting did not target any specific synagogue by name. The official could not discuss details of the investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
  • Messages left with the FBI’s Newark office weren’t returned.

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