WASHINGTON (WJZ) – A new video released on Monday purportedly by Islamic State (ISIL) members warns that countries participating in Syrian air strikes should expect terrorist attacks similar to those recently carried out in Paris, according to Reuters.
The video then specifies Washington D.C. as a potential target.READ MORE: U.S. Park Police Name Pamela Smith As New Chief, First Black Woman To Lead The Force
“As we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington,” a speaker said in the one-minute video.
The video’s authenticity, which claims to be created by ISIL members located north of Baghdad in Iraq, has not yet officially been verified.READ MORE: Bobbleheads Memorialize Baltimore Sports Superfan Mo Gaba, Raise Money For Charity
However, U.S. Capitol Police are telling congressional offices that lawmakers and their aids should take precautions.
According to the Associated Press, a memo emailed to offices said “‘out of an abundance of caution,’ people should use the tunnels that connect the Capitol with the adjacent House and Senate office buildings. It urges those who work for Congress to make sure their offices know where they are.”MORE NEWS: Baltimore Mayor, Maryland Governor Clash After Hogan Says City Getting More Vaccines Than ‘Entitled To’ In Response To WJZ Question
Capitol police have increased their presence since Friday’s attacks in France.