A civil rights organization says Muslim-Americans in eight states were questioned over the weekend over a pre-election terror threat.
The FBI announced last week that it had received a threat from al Qaeda, planned for Monday. The threat targeted the states of New York, Virginia and Texas, but no further details were released.
Over the weekend, the Council on American Islamic Relations received reports from Muslim-Americans in eight states, who said they were approached by FBI agents who wanted to speak to them about the alleged threat. Those states included California, Washington State, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kansas Oklahoma, Florida and Texas.
Hassan Shibly, a lawyer and director of CAIR in Florida, told the Washington Post that he received six calls about FBI agents asking questions this weekend.
Shibly says his clients were asked a series of eight questions, many of them related directly to al Qaeda.
The threat was allegedly related to Faruq al Qatani, a top al Qaeda leader who was killed in a U.S. drone strike on October 23.
The people who were interviewed this weekend were asked if they knew anyone killed in the strikes, and if they knew anyone who might want to harm Americans at home or abroad.\