FBI warns of possible Islamic State plot against Tennessee-Arkansas bridges

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The FBI has warned Memphis police that it received an “unspecific tip” from an anonymous informant that Islamic State planned to blow up a bridge connecting Tennessee and Arkansas time this month.

According to a Reuters report, the threat was so vague it was not clear whether the target was the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge on I-55 or the Hernando DeSoto Bridge on I-40.

However, Fox 13 News in Memphis said it had obtained an FBI bulletin listing the target as the I-55 bridge.

Fox 13 News said the anonymous informant told authorities that an Islamic State agent had been instructed “to blow up the Memphis-Arkansas bridge on an unknown date, activating ISIS terror cells in the United States.”

Memphis police officers are patrolling the area near the I-55 bridge, and the department’s Real Time Crime Center is monitoring the bridge with surveillance cameras 24 hours a day.

The FBI said the threat was not substantiated and was not backed by actual intelligence.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Memphis & Arkansas Bridge and Hernando DeSoto Bridge on map
2. Traffic on Memphis & Arkansas Bridge
3. Explosion on Memphis & Arkansas Bridge
4. Police patrolling the area near the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge, and surveillance cameras near the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge

VOICEOVER (in English):

“According to a Reuters report, the threat was so vague it was not clear whether the target was the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge on I-55 or the Hernando DeSoto Bridge on I-40.”

“However, Fox 13 News in Memphis said it had obtained an FBI bulletin listing the target as the I-55 bridge.”

“Fox 13 said the anonymous informant told authorities that an Islamic State agent had been instructed ‘to blow up the Memphis-Arkansas bridge on an unknown date, activating ISIS terror cells in the United States.’”

“Memphis police officers are patrolling the area near the I-55 bridge, and the department’s Real Time Crime Center is monitoring the bridge with surveillance cameras 24 hours a day.”

SOURCES: Reuters, Commercial Appeal Memphis, My Fox Memphis
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/23/usa-fbi-threat-idUSL1N0U70VZ20141223
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/local-news/fbi-asks-agencies-citizens-to-watch-memphis-bridges_31213426
http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/27688684/fbi-bulletin-warns-of-possible-isis-terror-plot-in-memphis