Homeland Security warning of “lone wolf” attacks July 4th weekend

This potential threat follows calls by ISIS

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Americans across the country have big plans for the 4th of July, but the FBI and Homeland Security are warning Americans of potential “lone wolf” attacks this holiday weekend.

The FBI’s most recent bulletin warns specifically of “lone wolf” attacks, which are attacks carried out by homegrown extremists. However, they also said no credible threats have been made so far.

It’s enough to worry many people across the country, but Belchertown resident Shelly Richard said a potential threat isn’t enough to stop her 4th of July plans. “You can’t live your life not doing anything, you can’t stop and say, “Oh there’s a threat, I can’t do that,” she said.

Kim Hicks of Florence told 22News the threat will probably be on her mind this weekend, but she’s not basing her holiday plans off of it. “After all of these years I’m mindful, but I just don’t adjust my daily life based on the government’s threat assessment,” she said.

This potential threat follows calls by ISIS to take up arms against enemies during the holy month of Ramadan.

Agawam resident Ronald Montgomery said he thinks there’s been so many threats since 9/11, it’s just not the first thing that worries people anymore. “It comes as more as a second thought, more than an initial “Oh my God, panic.” I would say America has probably become desensitized,” he said.

The concern is, in part, a result of recent “lone wolf” incidents in Boston and New York.

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