Investigators from the FBI interviewed Muslims in North Texas this weekend after warnings that al-Qaeda may target the state on the eve of Election Day, a Muslim community leader said.
The North Texas Council on American-Islamic Relations has received reports that Muslims from Kansas, Oklahoma, Florida and Texas were questioned by FBI agents, according to Alia Salem, the group’s director.
“It was made apparent to us that the FBI has a list of a couple hundred people they are wanting to visit and ask a series of eight generic questions intended to drum up information about the attacks,” Salem said.
The North Texas branch of CAIR has confirmed that three interviews took place over the weekend and that it received reports of five more.
A representative in the FBI’s Dallas field office declined to comment on the reports.
On Friday, U.S. intelligence officials alerted joint terrorism task forces that al-Qaeda could be planning the attacks the day before the election, according to CBS News. Authorities are taking the threat seriously, a source told CBS, though it could be “aspirational” because it lacked specificity.
“The FBI and [Department of Homeland Security], working with our federal, state and local counterparts, share and assess intelligence on a daily basis and will continue to work closely with law enforcement and intelligence community partners to identify and disrupt any potential threat to public safety,” the unnamed source told CBS News.