Claim: The Department of Homeland Security uncovered a terrorist plot to attack Black Friday shoppers in several locations.
Example: [Collected via Twitter, November 2014]
#TerroristPlot Targeting Black Friday Shoppers Uncovered
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After explaining that several members of the group were interrogated by DHS agents, the site cautioned shoppers against doorbuster specials and Black Friday lines:
“If you are going out shopping early on Friday please keep your eyes open”, Phillips advised. “At this juncture we are unsure as to how great the threat from these attacks is going to be. We are working as quickly as we can to resolve this situations, but this terrorist group is savvy. They utilize a small closed cell structure, and we may not be able to identify all of them in time. I urge all Americans to strongly consider whether the sales are worth the risk. And if you do go out take particular caution while waiting in line for the store to open. Intelligence points to the time spent waiting outside of the store as the time of greatest vulnerability. I am sure we will resolve this issue, but I still recommend taking adequate precautions.”
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Last updated: 26 November 2014