Warning Issued: Terrorists May Dress as Cops/Firefighters to Launch Attack on Pope
Law enforcement is worried that terrorists may impersonate police officers, firefighters and EMTs to launch deadly attacks inside the U.S. just as Pope Francis visits the region this week.
A memo distributed by the Pennsylvania State Police’s Criminal Intelligence Center to law enforcement warns that imposters pretending to be first responders could use false identification to gain access to secure areas, said Maria Finn, spokesperson for the Pennsylvania State Police.
“The impersonators’ main goals are to further their attack plan and do harm to unsuspecting citizens as well as members of the emergency services community,” said the bulletin.
The document cited instances at home and abroad where suspects possessed police uniforms in a bid to carry out an attack. In March, U.S. authorities said derailed plans by Army National Guard soldier Hasan Edmonds, 22, and his cousin to kill dozens at a U.S. military installation in Illinois using his uniforms.
In April, French authorities arrested ISIS sympathizer Sid Ahmed Ghlam, a 24-year-old Algerian national, and foiled his alleged plot to attack a church in Southern France. Ghlam was also in possession of police armbands.