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March 16, 2006

Terror unease at the NCAA tournament

Filed under: Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Christian Beckner on March 16, 2006

San Diego’s Cox Arena has been evacuated in the last hour due to a suspicious package, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. This comes on the heels of an FBI threat alert related to sporting events, as ABC News reported last week:

With college basketball championships under way around the country, the FBI has warned stadium operators of a possible suicide bomb attack at sporting events.

In a directive issued today, obtained by ABC News, the FBI said a posting on an extremist message board “advocated suicide attacks against sporting events as a cost-effective means of killing thousands of Americans.”

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security said they cannot confirm the credibility of the threat or whether the message is affiliated with al Qaeda.

The FBI also noted that it was “unaware of any specific or credible plans to attack any sporting event.” But given the recent timing of this alert, arena security officials around the country are likely taking additional precautions for the tournament.

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