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FBI downplays terror threat warning for malls

By Jeff Coen
Tribune staff reporter

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — FBI officials said there is no credible or specific warning that Los Angeles is under threat of terrorism activity over the holiday shopping season after the bureau today circulated a notice on shopping malls being targeted.

The FBI communication to law enforcement agencies indicated Al Qaeda could be planning attacks on U.S. shopping malls over the holidays, including those in Los Angeles and Chicago. The communication did not mention specific malls.

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