Image with LDS temple, terrorist, circulating online
SALT LAKE CITY —
(KUTV) A disturbing, concerning image is circulating online claiming that a group is targeting the LDS temple in San Deigo, California. The picture which was allegedly released by a pro-ISIS media group shows a burning temple with an alleged member of ISIS looking on and the bloody words “Coming Soon.”
The LDS church is not commenting on the photo and in a statement the FBI said to 2News:
At this time the FBI is not aware of any specific and credible threat to our community. The FBI regularly assesses intelligence regarding possible threats to the U.S. and its interests abroad. We urge law enforcement and the public to remain vigilant. Members of the public should maintain awareness of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement. The FBI will continue working with federal, state, and local partners should there be any potential threat to public safety.
But University of Utah law Professor Amos Guiora, who is a counter-terrorism expert, said it’s still an image you cannot ignore. Especially when you consider the climate across the world right now.
“I think it warrants attention,” Guiora said. “We have a tendency to dismiss things that seem this can’t happen. but I think what we’ve learned in the past period - literally anything can happen. Terrorists say what they mean and they mean what they say."
At the same time, Guiora said the last thing we want to do is stay home.
"You don’t want people to stay home, because if you stay home then terrorism wins,” he said.