US warns of possible attacks on churches, holiday gatherings

2016-12-24 13:37
Combination picture showing a view of destroyed huts, and the same location after the re-opening of the Christmas market in Berlin, Germany three days later. (Michael Sohn, AP)

Combination picture showing a view of destroyed huts, and the same location after the re-opening of the Christmas market in Berlin, Germany three days later. (Michael Sohn, AP)

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Washington — Federal authorities are warning Americans that Islamic State (ISIS) sympathisers are continuing to call for attacks on churches and other holiday gathering sites.

The warning was issued after a publicly available list of US churches was posted on a militants' social media site.

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued the warning to law enforcement agencies nationwide on Friday, just days after an attack at a Christmas market in Berlin.

ISIS militants claimed responsibility for Monday's attack in which a truck plowed into the holiday market, killing 12 people and injuring 56.

FBI spokesperson Andrew Ames says the FBI is aware of the list of churches posted online and is investigating its credibility. 

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