HOUSTON (AP) -- Hospitals in Houston, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington have been alerted they may be targets of a terrorist threat, the Houston FBI says.
FBI agent Bob Doguim said Wednesday the agency received the uncorroborated information from overseas intelligence sources. He said the threat to hospitals in the four cities was not specific, though it mentioned a time between December and April -- and the possibility of anthrax or explosives.
The Chicago FBI said such an attack "would take place in reaction to the continued arrest of a Pakistani national by Pakistani authorities," and could come leading up to the holiday season.
"We have to let the public and the hospitals know about it," Doguim said. "We're going to err on the side of caution."
Doguim warned hospital staff and patients not to overreact.
"This stuff is going to continue to go on," he said. "Be confident in the fact we have procedures and systems in place to deal with this kind of information."
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