No indication of threat to US music venues after Manchester blast
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 23:04
The department says the US public may experience increased security in and around public places and events.
Britain was on its second-highest alert level of "severe", meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely, after the suicide bomb blast at the end of a concert by USA singer Ariana Grande in Manchester on Monday.
Forensic police search the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Britain May 23, 2017.ReutersTOKYO/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Countries from the United States to Japan and Singapore are considering tightening security ahead of major theater and sports events following a suicide bomb attack in Britain that killed at least 22 people. Federal Bureau of Investigation made clear that while the agency isn't aware of a specific, credible threat to the USA homeland, authorities must remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or other appropriate authorities. "We encourage any affected USA citizens who need assistance to contact the U.S Embassy in London and follow Department of State guidance", the statement read.
"We are now treating this as a terrorist incident until we have further information", Hopkins said. "So we work closely with them".
ABC News has additionally learned that state and local fusion centers across the country - which include representatives from local, state and federal agencies - are working to identify potentially vulnerable "open venues" and upcoming events in their regions, so that they can help local police put together their latest security plans for those events and venues.
At 9 a.m. United Kingdom time on Tuesday, an emergency meeting of COBR - which stands for Cabinet Office Briefing Room and is pronounced "Cobra" - will take place at Downing Street in London.